Fitness Myth: Running is The Best Way to Lose Weight

On May 9, 2013 by Physical Culturist

Fitness Myth: Running is the best way to lose weight. Truth: A COMBINATION of strength training (lifting weights), interval training (sprinting), and low-impact aerobic activity (walking) will yield the greatest results in fat loss and overall body re-composition. Which form of exercise you prioritize depends on your current fitness level and body composition. For overweight people who are just starting out, it is best to focus mainly on strength training and walking. Lifting weights will help you build muscle, which will increase your metabolism, leading to greater fat loss. Lifting will also help your body shape into a more desirable form. Walking will help you burn off additional fat mass without affecting your recovery between strength workouts. Once you achieve a good level of fitness through strength training and walking, you can slowly start to incorporate some interval training.
Diet also plays a huge role in fat loss. Focus on eating whole unprocessed foods. Be sure to get protein, fat, and vegetables in every meal. Avoid starch/sugary carbs except for around your workout (before & after exercise; fueling your body for intense training, and re-fueling after).

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