For weight loss fitness is not needed. Do you really believe that?

As a trainer and manager of the gym, I managed to work in several fitness clubs, but everywhere I heard the same question from the club’s clients many times: do I need fitness for weight loss? 

This is usually asked by those who have recently started training, or who train rarely, irregularly. Questions from the guests of the club are always good, because if they ask, then they want to figure it out.

In this situation, I ask a counter-question: do you want to lose weight to look and feel better, or want to lose weight in order to just see a smaller number on the scales? It turns out that not everyone understands the difference.

If you want to lose weight so that your body looks slim and fit, then you need fitness

Fitness is a combination of measures: physical training, diet and a healthy lifestyle, which allows not only to correct the flaws of the figure but also to improve the state of health. And in this broad sense, fitness will certainly help a person become slim and strengthen the body. If you have a good trainer and a modern club, then they will take care of all the components of fitness, and not just load you with exercises. Fitness is generally about returning your body to its optimal state. At the same time, the results that you achieve in the hall are highly motivating: they will make you feel not a slave of the stomach, but a winner who is proud of his successes.

With one option figured out, consider the second way. Suppose you only want to lose weight.

No matter what happens to the body, only the numbers on the scales are important? Then fitness is not needed, just go on a diet

What’s the catch? Initial weight loss does not occur due to fat cells, but due to muscle proteins and water. Simply put, on a diet without exercise, you are not losing fat, but muscle. By the way, muscles are 3 times heavier than fat, so you will quickly see good dynamics on the scales.

But for a long time, almost no one succeeds in sitting on a strict diet. As soon as you stop following the diet, the previous weight will return, and in the worst case, it will bring along a few new extra pounds.

Think: if your goal is a stable result, then a strict diet is not the best choice. In order to lose weight correctly, start with simple rules:

  • Reduce your calorie intake. It will be more useful for you to reduce calorie by 10%, but on an ongoing basis, than to cut off calories in half, but only last a couple of weeks, and then break
  • Do not starve, because hunger is a stress for the body
  • Redistribute meals based on the time of day (eat more often in smaller portions, do not overeat at night, even if you work until late)
  • Move more (choose a ladder instead of an elevator, a walk instead of a trip by transport)

With the last point, everything seems to be simple, but the modern person is constantly in a hurry: walking for a long time — faster to reach, no time to meet — easier to call. As a result, people sitting in the office or driving a car do not move much.

It is useless to convince myself “I want to lose weight, so I will eat less.” Here is the right idea: “I want to lose weight, so I’ll start moving more to increase energy consumption.” This is an elementary theory of fitness!


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