Simply put, to lose weight and to keep it off for good, you just have to keep moving! Diet and other things sure play their part. But when it comes to losing weight, keeping it off and staying healthy, nothing is quite as effective as keeping your body moving!

Let me tell you what happens when your weight loss plan consists of only dieting. If you diet to lose weight without adding some form of physical exercise, sure enough your weight will go down. But what happens in such instance is that your body is burning both fat and muscles, and without building new muscles. Some people you see who end up in a worse physical shape after weight loss went about it this way.

But when you build muscles at the same time you’re dieting, you increase the rate at which your body burns calories, your metabolic rate. There are scores of reasons why this is the most sensible way to lose weight.

For one thing, increasing your muscle mass puts your weight-loss efforts in semi auto-pilot. This is because the new muscles you’ve added burn more calories than abstinence from food alone can. Muscles burn calories even while a person is at rest or sleeping. Also, these muscles help to improve your posture or general appearance, ensuring that you don’t look saggy after weight loss.

Fortunately to get the best from workout, you don’t necessarily have to hit the gym with full force. Moderate and regular walking is believed to deliver as much health benefits as intense exercise. In some medical quarters, it is even thought that moderate pace of walking is more effective in burning fat calories than vigorous exercises.

This is based on the thinking that moderate but sustained walking helps the body to mobilize the processes that dip into those calories that are stored as fats, rather than mere surface sugars stored in the body cells.

The research on this is inconclusive at the moment. But what is not in doubt is that walking benefits your body in many ways. And if you are naturally a fast walker, it is recommended that your first 10 minutes should be at a moderate, warm-up pace.

If you have always been a dieter, you should now add some forms of exercises to your weight loss routine to help build your muscles. Even if you have just taken up walking, you are already building your muscles. Upper body exercises are also recommended since walking alone does not fully cater for the muscle needs of these regions.

One major benefit of walking that’s often overlooked is that individuals who frequently walk hardly suffer from osteoporosis as they age. This is because walking, being a weight-bearing activity, helps to increase the bone mass. Why not add walking to your weight loss program?

You Still Need To Watch Your Diet! Of course you still need to constantly look at what you’re eating. This is especially important if you are just starting out in your weight loss effort, which means that you’ve not yet perfected a routine of activities that aid the efficient burning of calories. At this time you need to take in fewer calories so as not to sabotage your own efforts. But do it sensibly. Do not starve your body of vital nutrients.

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