WARNING: weight-loss workouts may trim your waistline, get rid of unwanted belly fat, or even increase your energy levels, if done correctly and with a good diet plan.
In fact, adding exercise to your daily routine may not only burn extra calories (and fat stores), but could have other tremendous health benefits as well.
It has been shown that regular exercise can improve heart health, prevent metabolic syndrome, prevent some cancers, and even regulate blood sugar, therefore insulin levels.
Simply put, weight-loss workouts should be included in any plan where your aim is to lose weight and stubborn belly fat.
Let me explain…
Overweight and Your Health
Over the past 20 to 50 years, there has been a sharp increase in the amount of people who are overweight or obese.
In fact, in most states (with the exception of Colorado), the percentage of overweight or obese individuals has climbed to over 30% or more.
Most people think that overweight or obesity refers to people who are morbidly obese, and carry a lot of fat surrounding their stomachs, hips, thighs, butt, and other trouble areas.
However, what they do not know is that even 10 pounds overweight starts to change the way your body handles nutrients.
Carrying any type of extra weight could increase your risk for developing chronic diseases such as: metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, heart disease, and diabetes.
By dropping this weight (this is where diet and any good weight-loss workouts come in handy), can dramatically reduce your risk for chronic diseases and could increase your energy levels and mood.
What are the best components to add to your weight-loss workouts?
The Best Weight-Loss Workouts
Speaking in general terms, the best weight-loss workouts combine both strength training and cardiovascular exercise.
However, it should be noted that strength training will not burn a whole lot of calories during, or even after, your workout.
The best weight-loss workouts include adequate amounts of cardiovascular exercise (>30 minutes per day) in order to burn more calories and use more stored fat as an energy source.
Cardiovascular exercise, which refers to exercise that moves large muscle groups, raises your heart rate gradually, and works up a sweat over a set period of time.
This type of exercise utilizes more oxygen to fuel your workout, and has been shown to burn fat for energy.
Cardiovascular exercise could be a very effective type of exercise to include in any weight-loss workout.
Also, strength training, which enables gains in lean muscle mass, has also been shown to be effective at losing weight.
However, even though strength training will not burn a ton of calories, doing the right exercises could promote increased calorie expenditure, therefore leading to greater weight loss.
The best weight-loss workouts include exercises that utilize more than one muscle group (compound exercise movements), in order to recruit more muscle fibers, therefore requiring more energy to perform the exercise.
The newest and probably the best exercise, interval training, is a great way to shed fat and lose inches.
The beauty of interval training is it expends more calories during, AND after, your workout.
Interval training has been shown to increase the “after burn” effect, which means that you end up burning more calories while your body is recovering from the workout.
The more intense your intervals, the more oxygen you need, which may lead to greater calorie expenditure after the workout is over.
Some studies show that interval training can result in an increased calorie burn – sometimes as long as 24 to 48 hours, or more, after your exercise is over.
This is one of the reasons why sprinting exercises are so effective for shedding fat stores, giving you the lean, trim, and ripped look.
Weight-Loss Workouts and Your Health
Weight-loss workouts have been shown to be effective at burning extra calories and fat stores.
However, in order to maximize your fat-loss results, you need to have a good diet plan in place in combination with great weight-loss workouts.
If you eat like crap, no exercise plan, no matter how intense or long, will enable you to burn fat and lose weight.
In conclusion, weight-loss workouts are effective ways to burn stubborn belly fat, lose weight, and keep the weight off for long-term benefits.