Exercise Physiologist, Katie

Exercise explainers

What’s the secret to weight loss?

If you’re trying to lose weight, focus on achieving an ‘energy in – energy out’ balance. That means balancing the food you consume that provides energy (or kilojoules), and how much energy you burn from doing everything from sleeping to lifting weights. Weight gain happens when we consume more energy than we expend.

So even if you exercise daily, you can’t outrun bad nutrition.

High Intensity Interval Training is proven to assist in weight loss and is a great strategy for those of us with packed schedules. It involves a sequence of high intensity followed by low intensity exercise, like running for a minute then walking for a minute. This increases your metabolism for up to 48 hours after your workout!

Strength training and building your muscle mass can also accelerate your metabolism, aiding weight loss because your body is using more energy even while you are resting!

Because it’s a vigorous form of exercise you may need professional advice so check out the link to find qualified local trainers.