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Exercise plays a huge role in your health and your weight regulation. A host of health advocates and even many food producers have suggested that regular exercise is one of the best solutions to the obesity crisis in America.

Some people may be surprised at the role exercise plays in regard to your overall health and wellness, especially the ability to burn fat and shed pounds. It is well known and accepted that regular physical activity provides many benefits to the human body. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) those benefits include:

  • Controlling your weight
  • Reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reducing your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthening your bones and muscles
  • Improving your mental health and mood
  • Improving your ability to perform daily activities and, if you’re an older adult, preventing falls
  • Increasing your chances of living longer

Similar to other methods, the amount, type, and frequency of exercise that may be required for you to be healthy, lose weight fast, and then maintain a healthy weight often depends on many individual factors. Age, sex, genetic makeup, and metabolism are all to be considered. Your individual metabolism may be the most important of those factors. This is why two people with the same body size and composition can have very different results even when they eat and/or exercise in the same way.

Basically, metabolism is energy produced minus energy used. If a body generates more energy than it needs or can use, it will be stored as fat.

Researchers have not yet determined why certain people tend to have higher metabolic rates than others. Despite the common assumption that metabolism is the determining factor as to whether you are fat or thin, being overweight is primarily due to an energy imbalance. That imbalance may well have a medical explanation.

If you are very fat or obese it may be in your best interest to have a complete medical evaluation to determine whether there is a medical condition that is affecting your weight. This evaluation would also assess hormonal problems, metabolic syndrome, etc. This would likely be the first step for any medical weight loss solutions offered by Dr. Dave HEALTH™.

Even though exercise plays a role in your ability to control the over-production (or under use) of energy, it still has some limitations when it comes to weight loss. One thing we must consider is your basal metabolism (your metabolic rate when we are resting). Your major organs account for more than half of your body’s energy use which includes the digestion and assimilation of food.

Determining your body’s true energy needs and then adapting a lifestyle in accordance with those needs will produce much faster results. This is especially true when it comes to helping you to shed pounds and improve your body image. But, keep in mind that during your efforts to lose weight fast your body tends to put up a bit of a fight. Research confirms bodies have always been more reluctant to lose weight than to gain weight. Human genes are predisposed to store fat (in order to survive times of famine).

Summary: The amount of calories stored and burned depends on 3 basic principles:

  • Your genetic makeup
  • Your level of physical activity
  • Your energy expenditure during inactivity (resting metabolism)

Remember:

  • If you consistently burn all of the calories that you consume every day, you’ll maintain the same weight
  • If you consume more energy (calories) than you expend, you’ll gain weight
  • If you consume fewer calories than you burn up, or if you exercise more and burn up more calories, your body will reduce some of your fat stores, resulting in a slimmer, trimmer you.
* Medical Disclaimer: This blog article is for informational purposes only. The information discussed here does not take the place of treatment from a licensed physician or healthcare professional. The author expressly disclaims responsibility from any adverse effects arising from the application of any information contained in this blog. All information is anecdotal – based solely on the opinions, observations, experiences and interpretation of data available to the author.