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Why Dieting Alone Won't Make You Lose Weight

By Stephen R. Farris

So you've decided to drop a few extra pounds as the fall season begins to approach. You may have gone the route of changing up your diet and reducing the amount of calories and carbs you eat, but the pounds aren't coming off as quickly as you'd like.

While a good healthy diet is great for losing weight, you might need a little extra push -- if you're able to -- and that is by adding an exercise routine along with it.

If you are eating healthy, then exercise can actually give your metabolism the boost it needs to start thinning down. The benefits of combining both diet and exercise could help you reduce your blood pressure (if you suffer from high blood pressure), lower cholesterol, and lessens your chances of developing certain types of cancers.

How Much Exercise Do You Need?

According to studies, you should do some form of aerobic exercise for about 20 minutes, three times per week. However, to lose weight it's suggested that you try to do more than 20 minutes each session. One example is by walking a mile a day can burn up to 100 calories. Just make sure you don't take those calories back in by snacking on something unhealthy afterwards.

Keep Tabs on Your Heart Rate

To get all the benefits of exercising, you should throw in some high intensity workouts to get your heart rate up. As with any exercise program, you should always check-in with your doctor or chiropractor to see if you're healthy enough to start one. You can also talk with them about what your heart rate should be at while exercising to aid with weight loss.

What Types of Exercise Should I do?

That entirely depends on you and how hard you want to push yourself. But, there are several types that will help with your weight loss goals, such as aerobic (walking, running, swimming, etc.) and weight training, in which you can work basically all of your body parts from arms, abs, back, calves, chest, shoulders, legs, and quads to name a few. Yoga is another form of exercise you can do and is actually considered low-impact. Most people who choose to do yoga are somewhat more conscious about their diet, so movements you perform can actually help you lose weight.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Layton, Utah.

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