28 weight loss tips with exercise

by Hara Hagikalfa · 16 comments

This article outlines 28 weight loss tips with exercise that you can use to achieve your weight loss goals with the help of physical exercise. The list is by no means complete but it covers several important areas in the weight loss process. It emphasizes the importance of exercise – and how to do it properly, and the role of proper diet and behaviour.

1. Benefits of Walking for weight loss

Exercise with walking is gentle but very effective, provided of course that you are walking vigorously and without any stop.

Benefits of walking

1. Burns calories and improves metabolism.
2. Helps strengthen the body, reduce local fat, restore the lose body areas.
3. Helps to strengthen the bones (something especially important for women).
4. Helps the circulatory system.
5. Reduces blood pressure and pulse when you are relaxed
6. Helps overcoming headaches.
7. Helps you stay calmer with less stress.

After a good walk you will feel better, more relaxed, less stressed and with less desire for food.

Walking can help weight loss

Walking can help you loose weight and not only that, it makes you feel less hungry and keeps the blood flow away from the digestive system. You can assume that you will burn up to 500 calories in an hour (depending on your step), which corresponds to a modest meal.

The main rules for enabling weight loss through walking are:

Start with small distances the first 5-6 days, walk a total of 15-20 minutes, but make a promise to your self to walk daily.

Gradually expand the distance, walking 10 more minutes every day, having the intention to walk for at least an hour.

Follow the same pattern with speed. The first day start with a slow but steady pace and as the days pass increases your pace.

Dressed comfortably and wear soft shoes.

Walk without tension, without tightening the body. Walk comfortably, not hunchbacked, do not pin your eyes on the ground. Walk vigorously, without stopping at every corner or shop you will meet. Do not hold anything in your hands.

When you first start walking you may feel stiff. This is natural because your muscles work. But if you have difficulties in breathing, or have tachycardia, reduce your step or stop to rest. Resume walking but at a slower pace and duration.

The ideal is to get to walk 5-6 kilometers in an hour.

2. You can exercise anywhere, any time

Do not avoid movement. The more you move the more weight you will lose.

Use the stairs and not the elevator

When you go shopping or on any job, do not take your car.

Use the bus. This will make you walk to the bus stop, when you go and when you return.

A good idea is to walk one or two stops and then take the bus, and then get off one or two stops before your final destination

3. Use more compound exercises

Choose compound exercises when exercising with weights, such as projections and squat with variations and pressure drills. Exercises involving the entire body, dumbbells or pulleys can stimulate the heart and respiratory activity to burn more calories and release more hormones that help burn fat and enable better body development.

Make your heart to pump and lungs to work during training with weights. If you breathe heavily and impulses of the heart are increased, then your body releases hormones that help weight loss and fat burn and also stimulate your metabolism.

4. Increase the density of exercise

Many people have heard about exercise intensity, but few know about density, which simply means to perform more work in less time. To achieve that, you can increase the density of the exercise by decreasing the rest interval between the sets when exercising with weights.

To speed up weight loss reduce the rest intervals to less than 60 seconds. Start with 45 seconds and end at around 20-30 seconds between sets.

Experiment with cyclical training: perform three, four or more exercises in a row without rest. Use more “super sets” (biceps, followed by triceps, followed by chest with back). Do abdominal and calves between exercises instead of relaxing.

5. Experiment with morning cardiovascular exercises

Do aerobic exercise early in the morning with an empty stomach (note: time is not critical, but will give you add extra advantage). If you are interested in maintaining a fat free body, you should eat a light protein meal (egg whites for example) or take a protein drink 20-30 minutes before the aerobic exercise.

6. Enrich your exercise program

Is the training you have been doing boring? Change the type of exercise, the program or the intensity. Try 20-30 minutes training with high intensity, alternating with 30-45 minutes of normal intensity. You can apply this to cycling or walking outside. Make kick boxing,  then mountain biking in replacing the aerobic exercises. The combinations are endless. Do not limit yourself.

7. Sprint

Replace 1 or 2 aerobic training sessions with sprint. Run a level road or a hill or even on the track if you have access, instead of the traditional aerobic exercise. Beware that before you try this form of exercise you need to be in good shape and have the approval of a doctor.

8. Eat light at night.

Make your program so that the last meal of the day is 3 hours before sleep. If you eat something at night, keep the calories low; choose something light with more protein and carbohydrates rich in fiber with little fat.

9. Reduce carbohydrates gradually during the day

Do not eat starch carbohydrates after 3pm.

10. Reduce the consumption of carbohydrates

Keep carbohydrates low, approximately 25-30% of your total calories for 3 days (increase protein and good fats for compensation). At the 4th day consume high amount of carbohydrates.

11. Try to remove whole grain products from your diet

Some people have sensitivity to gluten contained in whole grain products, causing inflation by making weight loss difficult. Remove some starch foods from your diet and increase fat free protein and vegetables then may as well increase the weight loss.

12. Experiment by removing milk from your diet

Some people have lactose intolerance or are allergic to milk and not know it. Try to remove them from your daily diet and see the effect on your weight loss attempts.

13. Take into account the glycemic Index(GI)

The first criterion to choose carbohydrates is whether the carbohydrate is natural or not. However if you know you have intolerance to carbohydrates, then the glycemic Index is more important. For starch foods prefer sweet potatoes, brown or Basmati rice (not white or instant rice), beans, lentils, peas or barley.

14. Eat more low fat fruits

Some people completely cut fruit in a strict weigh loss diet. This may be good for short periods, but the fruits and vegetables have high nutritional value and should not be removed in most cases. Eat fruit but calculate the calories they contain and try to prefer fruits low in calories such as apples, grapefruit (some fruits like bananas have 120 calories, while an apple has 80 and the orange on average about 60 calories).

Avoid fruits with a lot of calories such as grapes. Avoid juice entirely because they are rich in calories and it is preferable to eat whole fruits to take and fiber.

15. Eat vegetables and fiber

Eat as many green and rich in fiber vegetables and salads. They have many benefits to offer to your health and diet.

16. Do not «drink» calories

No milk, no juice, no calories in liquid form. Drink lots of water and green tea.

17. Do not eat protein bars or nutritional bars

Some «nutritional bars» are made entirely from food ingredients and they are preferable than others. But all the protein bars are processed food. When it comes to weight loss you need to be strict in your diet, so get rid of the bars.

18. Make a break for 3 days

If you are feeling stressed and if you are on a weight loss diet and exercise without breaks for more than 3 to 4 months, relax for a while. Stop everything and relax. Leave the nervous and endocrine system to rest and prepare for the next stage.

Eat less during these days because your requirements for calories are lower, otherwise you can take more weight. After this break start the exercise again, fully relaxing and more stubborn.

19. Re-thing about your weight loss goals

Be specific and clear on what exactly you want. Not vague generalities such as «I want to lose weight». Write your goals on a piece of paper have it always with you. Twice a day, morning and evening, have a look at them and mentally envisioned yourself with the body you want to have. Feel how you would feel (emotionally) if you had already succeeded. Remember, if you have a negative image you will not be able to lose weight and you will end up sabotage yourself.

20. Drink more and more water

Water is vital for the proper functioning of the body. It is the most important element in our body. You need to try and drink at least 4 litres of water a day.

21. Increase the frequency of exercise

If you are exercising less than 6 times a week, then gradually increase the duration and frequency to 6 days. If you already do daily aerobics, increase the intensity and watch your diet.

22. Increase the intensity of exercise

Remember that you can increase the intensity of the exercise and burn more calories at the same time. Challenge yourself by noticing how many calories you can burn at the same time. Keep a personal record. Try to exercise with a partner so as to help and inspire each other. Make aerobic exercises more efficient, not only the training with weights. Look for new limits. Remember, your body can adapt to your needs.

23. Cut the alcohol

Do not drink any alcohol. Not even a beer or even a glass of red wine. Not even in controlled amounts. Even if this sounds impossible, it is a matter of principle and self-discipline as the program becomes progressively tighter.

24. Cut the junk food

If you have weight loss results on a weekly basis, then you can reward your self with a «free lunch» once or twice a week. But if you do not have results you should be stricter. Do not eat junk food because it will be harder to lose fat and weight. Leave the results to determine how strict your diet should be.

25. Make an overview of how you live your life

Look and analyse other areas of your life besides exercise and diet. Sleep, anxiety, recovery, alcohol, smoking, chemical products. You have anxiety and you cannot recover properly? Improve the quality and quantity of your sleep, reduce stress and look carefully if you are exercising too much and as a result you do not let your self to fully recover from your training.

Smoke? If so, consider that you may take some weight when you decide to stop, but you must get rid of this unhealthy habit! Put your life in order and do it now.

Analyse your diet more carefully. Block or reduce foods with added colours, flavours or preservatives. Cut alcohol and processed foods of any kind. Look for what is not natural and remove it from your diet. You can consume organic products. Keep your diet as clean as possible.

26. Medical advice

Last but not least, if all else fails, see your doctor for a medical check up. Make comprehensive blood tests, hormone tests, endocrine (for thyroid). If there are any problems follow the instructions and the treatment proposed by the doctor (natural or pharmaceutical).

You can get a second opinion if you are not given a physical therapy (the natural way is always the best and healthiest). If everything is normal, then start exercising immediately! The only thing that stops you is you yourself.

27. Set your pace

You may have managed to get half of a mountain path; you can temporarily stop to enjoy the view, preparing for the final climb to the top and continue to find your next goal. Keep in mind that it is normal to have peaks and back on your progress because this is how your body works and adapts.

28. Avoid food that has no nutritional value

There is food that contains a lot of calories, but with very low nutritional value. There are two major categories of nutrients:

Caloric substances: Carbohydrates, protein and fat. These substances contain calories and are necessary for the proper functioning of the body.
Non-caloric substances: This includes vitamins and minerals. There are also the antioxidant substances.

What type of food to avoid:

Fried potatoes, fried chicken (nuggets), crisps and other fried foods: A portion of chips from a fast food can reach up to 600 calories and 30 grams of fat. What does this mean? Many calories and little value.

Sweets, drinks with sugar and other sweet processed foods: A few sweets can contain 100-200 calories, additives and dyes, many calories (from sugar) and some trace elements.

Processed carbohydrates like crackers, biscuits, white rice and white bread: The processed carbohydrates contain some vitamin B complex, but nothing else.

In conclusion, the most important tip is to believe in the value and necessity of exercise for a successful weight loss. The weight loss tips with exercise presented above are just a guideline to help you create your own action plan for weight loss. The most important of all is to be able to change habits and include exercise in your daily schedule. Exercise is one of the most important factors for weight loss, especially for the long-term preservation of it.

Remember that it is not possible to lose weight without a negative energy balance, i.e. you must eat less and to “burn” the extra calories with exercise. It is necessary to make a commitment to your self and to others that you will be persistent in your effort, that you will insist on a daily basis to exercise and to follow your diet.

 

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Hara Hagikalfa
About the author

Hara Hagikalfa completed her BSc(Hons) in Health and Exercise Science, Sports Science and Medicine. She is a certified Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor. You can learn more about Hara and connect with her on Facebook

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

beginners workout February 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

Love that someone finally remembered to add sprints to it. half an hour of good sprint-stop-sprint-stop… workout will do more for your fat loss than a whole week of cardio…

WL Man April 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Pretty interesting post with weight loss, don’t really take the time to post comments but thought I would. I’ll probably take a look around online for some more info so I can include in my blog.

Terry March 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

These are all very solid tips for losing weight. I especially like tip #18. You really do need to take a break during proper weight loss.

diy home solar panels May 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

I would go for cutting junk food and alcohol and setting your pace. Maybe increasing the intensity when exercising too. But really, if you start to lose weight by exercising, consider continuing to exercise even when you reach your weight loss goal. Yeah, maybe smaller exercise is needed but don’t throw it all away.

soni sharma May 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

i realy likes your tips

Shuba August 15, 2011 at 9:02 am

superb tips.

Can we have more tips on exercise pls. Maybe with pic

Heather September 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

These are some really good tips. Especially when it tells you not to expect to lose 5lbs at once! Keep in mind when exercizing that you are burning fat and at some point will gain muscle which weighs more than fat. So sometimes you may not lose weight but inches. So don’t always worry about what the scale says. I have been exercising for awhile but have not seen a lot of movement on the scale yet. Clothes are starting to get baggy on me though! Make sure you measure yourself as well as weigh yourself so you can see the changes both ways.
Good luck everyone! :)

Keen October 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Response to “””Heather on Wed, 28th Sep 2011 3:03 pm”””

Hello Heather, having read your comment above really gave me a shot in the arm … I am on a great eating program (fruits, veggies, whole grain, etc etc ) and walking 3 miles on my treadmill 6 days a week …. I have seen very little if any movement on the scale either as you mentioned, BUT size 5 jeans fit again :) :) :) and bikinis from a few years ago fit again … so I have lost inches vs. pounds from the muscle I have gained ..your posting made me feel good and gooder :) :) and I am getting smaller and smaller … praise the Lord :) thanks Heather :) :) be blerssed

dr.michael November 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Well written article. Exercising is the key to weight loss.
Tip #26 should be number 1 on your list!
Before anyone starts a diet or exercise program they should
consult with their doctor to eliminate potential cardiac problems.

Karina December 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

These are great tips. If we think about them they seem hard but just trying one simple thing a day makes a difference in our lives.

Uwazie Patience December 22, 2011 at 3:40 am

i have been married for 6yrs and have no child and my doctor said is hormonal-in balance.But i suspect am over weight.what do i do especially my Tommy.
Thanks
Pat

DT December 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I like #20. People think diet soda is the answer but water is the best. Diet soda will only make you crave sweet drinks when it’s not available.

Tony Rovere January 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

As far as these tips go…

With #2, get a pair of resistance bands. You can bring them anywhere and turn your home or office into a gym with them.

And as far as #16 goes, bravo!!! By switching to water and moving away from sugary drinks and alcohol, you could save hundreds of calories a day…or tens of thousands of calories a month. The pounds will fly off then.

But I don’t agree with #12…milk, in particular chocolate, is well-known to be a fantastic recovery drink after your workouts.

Sarah Walker May 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for a really useful article and for all those tips on eating the right types of food.

I tried cutting down on some foods to lose weight but my weight yo-yoed and I didn’t feel right.
Finally, I discovered that, if you eat the right kind of foods, then you can eat as much as you
want and still lose weight and feel great.

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