Does Exercises Melt Body Fat?
Are you failing to reduce your body fat? Most likely, you are focusing on the wrong things. If you want to succeed with your fat loss efforts, focus on intensifying your exercises, rather than lessening your food consumption.
A countrywide study was done on two groups of men with relatively sedentary lives; the first group was in their 20s and the other age group was 65 and above.
Vital facts were picked from this study and interestingly, the relationship between fat and inactivity couldn’t be more apparent. Not surprisingly, men who exhibited more sedentary lives had more fat too.
The study also revealed that the current recommended daily calorie intake is not at par with the body’s energy needs. For instance, older men used an average of 2800 calories every day, although the recommended limit is 2400 calories.
Most leading experts now recommend increasing physical activity for those who are serious on weight loss. Generally, any type of activity would count - taking the stairs instead of the elevator or moving more often instead of sitting - all aid in losing weight fast if they are regular.
What type of fat does exercise burn?
Unknown to most people, the fat that makes you too large to fit into your clothes isn’t your worst enemy. The fat you ought to beware of is that which accumulates deep within the abdomen, around the vital organs. Regular aerobic exercise has been shown to be effective at melting internal fat.
One study conducted in 2003 showed that even light exercises led to a decrease in intra-abdominal fat in post-menopausal women, in addition to cutting the risk of chronic illnesses. Deep-seated fat is linked to a range of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Researchers at a Seattle cancer center studied 173 overweight women aged 50 to 75 years over one year. Half of the group engaged in aerobic exercise, while the other half participated in a stretching class every week for a full year. Women in the aerobics group showed significant results than those in the stretching class.
Those that took exercises cut up to 6.9 percent intra-abdominal fat after a year while their calorie intake was unchanged. Full benefits were realized with those who exercised 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week, although there some benefits too for those who did 30 minutes daily.
Strangely, you might fail to get a change at the scale when cutting intra-abdominal fat, but the real changes will be ‘years added to your life’, researchers stressed.
For years, it had been known in medical circles that people who were fatter around the abdomen - ‘apple shaped’ - had a higher incidence for chronic illness than those who had more fat around the legs, buttocks and thighs - ‘pear shaped‘. However, body shape does not always reflect amount of intra-abdominal fat.
We can safely conclude that when it comes to melting fat, exercise is definitely the way to go. However, it doesn’t mean that you should throw caution to the wind when it comes to diet.