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Diet Center Tip of the Week: Now What Do I Do?

You may already have a workout routine, but appear to be in a rut. Or you might be someone, for whom the thought of exercise often brings to mind hard work, sweat, boring repetition, or uncomfortable workouts.

Hi, this is Eunice with Diet Center.

For the person that seems to be stuck in a rut there a couple simple changes can give your workout a fat burning boost. Consider morning exercise if you currently exercise at other times during the day. Your metabolism is slow while you sleep, so you might try revving it up in the morning. Your body uses up carbohydrates for energy during a night of rest. Therefore, your body will have fewer carbohydrates to use as fuel in a morning workout and would then use fat as a fuel source.

Secondly, morning exercise gives your metabolism a boost for the day.

For the person that dreads the thought of exercise, you can find exercise to be just the opposite with a little exploration. Exercise can be any physical activity that burns calories. It can be running around to do simple errands or keeping busy in your house taking care of chores. You can take up a dance, a martial arts class, or participate in a recreational sport. Having fun at the park or playing with children counts, too. Hiking, gardening, golfing, bicycling, skiing, swimming, bowling, and playing basketball all burn calories while providing enjoyment.

There are many physical activities to explore. Take time to discover calorie-burning activities that you enjoy.

Maybe you have already done that and aren’t seeing results. Then what?

Many people think that they should be seeing good weight loss results because they walk a lot, run on the treadmill often, or participate in aerobics class. Maybe you feel like you don’t need to do any strength training, especially since you don’t necessarily want to be “muscular.”

Maybe you are becoming discouraged. Unfortunately, aerobics alone doesn’t help to tone one’s body very much. It also doesn’t give your body as much of a metabolism boost as strength training can.

Many women find themselves struggling to shed pounds even though they are exercising. They end up blaming their slow metabolism and wonder why exercise isn’t helping. The truth is many women struggle because of their decreasing muscle mass. Women lose up to half of a pound of muscle a year beginning in their 30s and lose up to 1 pound a year by their 50s. This loss of muscle leads to a loss of calorie burning. One pound of muscle burns 30 to 50 calories, even at rest.

If you incorporate strength training into your routine, you may find that you are more tone, fit in your clothes better, and feel strong. You want more muscle so you’ll have less body fat.

Thank you for reading Diet Center’s tip of the week. If you are struggling with your weight, please call me at 928-753-5066 or stop by 1848 Hope Ave in Kingman.

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