It is no secret that exercising has a lot of benefits to your overall health. It helps with stress management, helps to release feel good hormones and make you feel better mentally and can be used as a preventative method to combat many diseases.
This post, however, will speak specifically to the role exercise plays in weight loss.
During weight loss, you inevitably lose some muscle mass as well as fat, although the amount depends on several factors.
If you don’t exercise at all while significantly reducing your caloric intake, you’re likely to lose more muscle mass and experience a decrease in metabolic rate, which eventually slows down your weight loss.
By contrast, exercising helps minimize the amount of lean mass you lose, boost fat loss and prevent your metabolism from slowing down. The more lean mass you have, the easier it is to lose weight and maintain the weight loss.
However, some people take working out to an extreme. Over-exercising can also lead to problems.
Studies show excessive exercise is unsustainable in the long term for most people and may lead to stress. In addition, it may impair the production of adrenal hormones that regulate stress response.
Forcing your body to do too much is not healthy or effective for your physical or mental health.
Working out is something that should be enjoyed and not feel like a chore, otherwise it will not be sustainable long term. Changing out your workout routine and doing a mix of cardio and weight lifting is the best strategy for maintaining metabolic rate when specifically focusing on weight loss.