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How Much Exercise do we need to Lose Weight?

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012


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Most people who attempt to lose weight understand that weight loss is dependant upon the amount of calories we consume and the amount of exercise we perform to burn off those calories. But how much exercise do we need to lose weight? The popular belief is that the more exercise we do the more weight we will lose.

According to recent research however this theory is being challenged and it is being suggested that we could in fact be exercising too much. So how much exercise do we really need?

Most people who start working out in hopes of shedding pounds wind up disappointed, a lamentable circumstance familiar to both exercisers and scientists. Multiple studies, many of them covered in this column, have found that without major changes to diet, exercise typically results in only modest weight loss at best (although it generally makes people much healthier). Quite a few exercisers lose no weight. Some gain.

Exercise does seem to contribute to waist-tightening, provided that the amount of exercise is neither too little nor, more strikingly, too much. For Weight Loss, Less Exercise May Be More –


The second of the reports examines the relationship between diet and exercise. Simply embarking on an exercise regime does not necessarily guarantee that you will lose weight. The answer to the question ‘how much exercise shouls we be taking?’ is quite complex.

Two groundbreaking new studies address the irksome question of why so many of us who work out remain so heavy, a concern that carries special resonance at the moment, as lean Olympians slip through the air and water, inspiring countless viewers to want to become similarly sleek.

And in a just world, frequent physical activity should make us slim. But repeated studies have shown that many people who begin an exercise program lose little or no weight. Some gain. Dieting vs. Exercise for Weight Loss –


The final article discusses the type of exercise that we should be doing. If we are going to exercise then it is essential that cardiovascular exercises are included.

Counting calories and trying to stick to a strict diet simply doesn’t work as a weight loss plan for most people. In the end, many of those people end up losing a bit of weight, but tend to put it all back on again the moment; they stop their diet. These people then get stuck in a cycle of ‘yo-yo dieting’, which isn’t good for long-term weight loss or your health. However there are a few other routes you can take to lose weight and keep it off. It’s possible all down to one thing: cardiovascular exercise. The Key To Weight Loss – Cardiovascular Exercise


A good nights sleep can help you to reduce your weight

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Sleep and weight Reduction

New studies have highlighted the fact that getting a good nights sleep can help you to reduce your weight. You may find that weight reduction pills could become a thing of the past if you could just get the correct amount of sleep.

Experts have new weight-loss advice that’s sure to be welcome news: Sleep can be just as important to a successful diet as healthful eating and exercise.

“Chronic sleep restriction is pervasive in modern societies, and there is robust evidence supporting the role of reduced sleep as contributing to the current obesity epidemic,” write a pair of obesity experts in the new edition of the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal.

That evidence includes findings that overtired brains prompt people to eat more, and that some hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism don’t work properly in people who don’t get enough sleep.

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adults wanting to reduce their weight were put on a diet that forced them to cut 680 calories per day. In addition, one group slept for 8.5 hours per night and the other slept only 5.5 hours per night. After two weeks, study volunteers in the sleep-deprived group had lost 55% less body fat than their well-rested counterparts. They had also lost 60% more lean body mass. The researchers concluded that when the body is tired, holding on to fat becomes a priority….

More at Want to lose weight? Be sure to get enough sleep, experts say – Los Angeles Times



What causes insomnia and what can you do to get a good nights sleep? A report by the National Sleep foundation have concluded that almost half of the adult population of America suffer from insomnia from time to time.


Lack of sleep can leave us feeling grouchy and slower to react and process information. At work this can result in reduced efficiency, productivity, and increased errors and accidents. WebMD also reports that chronic sleep loss can lead to cardiac problems, such as high blood pressure and heart attack, a decreased sex drive, weight gain, impaired judgement and premature aging.

Insomnia can be brought on by many health factors and can be associated with stress, anxiety, depression, drug prescriptions and bad sleep habits….More at How to Get a Good Night's Sleep | Health, Safety & Beyond


Here are a few more tips on how to get the sleep you need. 

Think of regular hours of sleep in the same way as a job. Leaping from unemployment to a job that eats up 12 hours a day is hard. After a few weeks of this, the body becomes used to it, and 12 hours isn’t hard to stomach anymore. Now look at the body in terms of sleep. Once the body is programmed to sleep for eight hours between two specified times then it will come to expect it. Introduce a regular bedtime to your schedule and your body will become conditioned to it and you won’t even need an alarm clock anymore! Remember too, it isn’t just about going to sleep at a regular time, but also getting enough sleep. It is recommended that adults should get between 7 and 10 hours of sleep every day in order for the body to re-energise, regenerate and repair….

More at Top Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep

More and more it is being suggested that if you want to lose weight you have to look further than just your calorie intake and exercise regime. Your sleep patterns can play a major part in your efforts to lose weight.