In this article, we attempt to quash the myth on everyone’s minds.
Is exercise the only way for women to lose weight?
You’ve set yourself a goal to lose weight. You go around looking for the ideal gym or fitness centre in Singapore for yourself. And you eventually sign up for one to get on the grind of exercising regularly.
But at the end of each workout session, you feel the need to reward yourself in order to keep your motivation going.
So, what do you do? You binge on your favourite fast foods, you treat yourself to some desserts, and snack on some chips while catching up on your drama series.
Here’s a question to ask yourself if you can relate to this. Do you think you’ll be able to lose the weight you want?
Why people might think exercise is the holy grail of weight loss
When it comes to losing weight, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?
If you’re like most, then the answer might likely be exercising.
Here are some reasons why:
1. It is the most effective way of burning calories
Your body requires a certain number of calories to perform its daily functions, even while you’re sleeping.
This is referred to as your basal or resting metabolic rate (BMR or RMR).
But exercising requires additional energy because your body is working harder.
Therefore, it needs to burn more fuel, in the form of calories to help the body cope.
2. It strengthens the muscles
Exercising also helps to strengthen your muscles and in turn, burn excess fat and tone your body.
That’s because when you increase your muscle mass, you boost your metabolism rate. And that makes your body burn more calories.
Finding the balance
So, it is entirely true.
It’s a known fact that exercising can help with weight loss.
However, physical activity alone will not help you lose the extra belly fat and get a well-toned body.
What this means is if you are looking to lose weight, 80% is down to smart dieting and 20% is down to exercising.
Hitting the gyms and fitness centres is beneficial to losing weight.
But if you don’t eat the right food in the right quantity according to your ideal daily calorie intake, then you will not achieve your goal.
Exercise is not the holy grail of weight loss…
Yes, exercise is not the be all and end all of weight loss. Diet plays an equally, if not more, important role.
However, that’s not to say that it should be considered the holy grail of weight loss.
As mentioned in the previous point, the key is in finding the balance. Both these components should go hand in hand.
You don’t have to go on severe diets or stop eating your favourite fast food altogether just to lose weight.
As a matter of fact, you can eat whatever you want, but keep count of your calorie intake.
Are you craving McDonald’s? Eat it. But, also keep in mind that to lose weight, you have to exercise as well as keep tabs on your calories.
Eat a small portion of food and not fill your plates with it.
Points to keep in mind about your diet
To help you ensure you’re eating right to achieve your goal of weight loss, here are some important points to keep in mind:
1. Have regular, small meals
Eat every few hours but have your food in small portions.
You should never let yourself feel too hungry or starve yourself.
When you starve yourself, you will crave junk food and there is a high probability of you fulfilling your junk food craving.
So it is better to eat from time to time than to limit yourself from eating.
2. Eat foods high in fiber
Take in food that is filled with fiber.
That’s because high-fiber foods take longer to digest and provides volume.
Therefore, the more fiber you eat, the fuller you will feel over a longer period of time. You will then end up consuming fewer calories.
This is one of the best ways to lose weight.
3. The ‘apple’ test
One amazing way to know if you are genuinely hungry or not is by conducting the ‘apple’ test.
If you feel like you’re hungry, go grab an apple.
Do you feel like eating it?
If you are, then you are truly hungry, and you should definitely go get something to eat.
Otherwise, it just means that your body is sending the wrong signals. And more often than not, you’ll crave for junk food in situations like these.
4. Drink lots of water
Drink lots of water before every meal.
Water will fill your stomach and you will end up eating less unconsciously.
The real Holy Grail of losing weight is the combination of smart and healthy eating as well as exercise.
Without exercise, it becomes very difficult to lose weight and get the toned body you desire.
Similarly, exercising alone isn’t as effective if you don’t eat healthily and count your calories.
Eating in moderation is also key to ensuring you’re not taking in unwanted calories which requires extra effort to burn.
So it is very important that you keep in mind that both exercise and dieting is essential.