How To Lose Weight With Minimal Exercise
One question that some people often wonder as they go about their fat loss program is how much exercise they really have to be doing.
If you’re one of those people who has no problem cutting back on how much you’re eating and changing your food choices but when it comes to getting to the gym, it’s like pulling a nail out of wood, you likely wish you could do as little exercise as possible.
So you wonder, how much can you get away with?
Or, maybe you just have a busy schedule and trying to fit hours of exercise in each week is a struggle at best.
In order to answer this question, you need to keep a few points in mind.
Let’s go over how much exercise you really need for fat loss.
The Type of Exercise You’re Doing
The very first thing you’ll need to look at is the type of exercise that you’re doing. Are you doing strength training or cardio workouts? Or perhaps you’re doing both?
When it comes right down to it, those who are doing strength training will typically need less time devoted to exercise to see results compared to those doing cardio training.
The reason for this being that strength training is going to boost your resting metabolic rate for up to 48 hours and this really goes a long way towards getting fat loss moving.
The only case where this isn’t so is if you are doing high intensity interval cardio training. In that case, you’ll also be getting a strong metabolic boost, which means you’ll be seeing ongoing fat loss as well.
Generally speaking, the more intense the sessions you do perform are, the less total time you will need to devote to the gym.
You’re Aesthetic Goals
Next, you also need to factor in your aesthetic goals. Are you just looking to lose weight?
Or, do you want to completely transform your body, looking entirely different than you did before?
If you just want to lose weight, you can do this with diet alone – no exercise needed.
If you eat in a large enough calorie deficit, you will begin to lose weight.
If you want to lose fat however and firm and tone your body in various places, this will take some exercise.
How much depends on the nature of the goal. Do you want to be very lean and look like a fitness model or bodybuilder? If so, expect to put in four to five hours per week if not more.
If you just want to look healthy on the other hand, you can likely get away with four to five, 20-45 minute sessions per week, using a combination of both strength training and cardio training.
This will be enough to help maintain or build lean muscle mass, while burning fat off those trouble areas you may have.
So all in all, how much exercise you need will vary based on your goals. For general health sake though, a minimum of 2-3 sessions of 20-30 minutes of strength training would be a base level program.
This is the bare minimum necessary in order to get body shaping results while speeding up the process of fat loss.
After that, everything else you do is bonus and will simply help your progress move along that much faster.
Also always take note that if you aren’t eating right, no amount of exercise is going to help you get the fat off. While you can lose weight without exercise, you cannot lose weight without watching what you eat.