Hi, Hans Ratzenburger here with another post on diet, fitness and weight loss.
Like almost everything associated with dieting and weight management, its very hard to get a straight answer on whether we should be doing aerobic type exercise as part of a weight loss or weight management program.
There are two camps. One camp says exercise is of no value in losing weight, the other camp says that you should be doing more exercise to speed up the weight loss. Which of these camps is right?
It seems pretty clear that just using calorie restriction will make you lose weight. The big debate is what you are actually losing. Is it fat or a combination of fat and muscle?
So lets say that you want to do an aerobic type exercise? There are many options, but one of the simplest one is to buy some running shoes and take up running. Obviously if you have never ran on the roads before, you would need to start slow. Buy the best quality running shoes with the most padding and support available. This is not the place for false economy. Then start with daily walks, ramp up to jogging and eventually full on running.
One of the advantages of running is that once you have got into your stride and are doing several good runs per week you can start to look at some of the big running events. Most cities have fun runs where you can get out and strut your stuff along with several thousand other healthy people.
You might even get a medal for it!
So my view is, that even though exercise and running are not mandatory for weight loss, you would be mad not to consider throwing a bit of running into your schedule to give the weight loss a boost and help maintain the weight loss when you hit your target.
The Portsmouth Bikini Run
The Iron Maidens – Run To The Hills
Flo Rida – Run ft. RedFoo of LMFAO