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Exercise to Lose Weight
Using exercise to lose weight is by far the healthiest way to not only lose weight but become healthy and fit while doing it. This aricle discusses fun ways for teens to lose weight while exercising, additional benefits of weight loss and exercise, and tips for weight loss success.
Teen exercise in an important part of a weight loss plan. A good exercise plan not only helps burn extra calories, but also improves a teen's health and sense of well being, and can be fun. A doctor can help a teen who is very inactive or obese find the right way to start exercising to lose weight.
Generally, teens lose weight when they burn more calories then they consume everyday. That's why most weight loss plans include two parts: exercising to burn calories and eating a healthy diet with a reasonable number of calories to reduce calorie intake.
A person has to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound of fat, and most physical activities burn between 200 and 500 calories an hour. Teens who are exercising an hour per day and eating a healthy diet can expect to lose 1 to 2 pounds of fat a week, though they may initially lose more when they first change their exercise and eating habits. Though some diets promise more dramatic weight loss, many of these cause people to lose water weight, which will not result in permanent weight loss and may be unhealthy.
To lose weight, keep it off, and maintain a healthy weight exercise must become part of a person's daily habits over the long run. If a teen loses ten pounds then stops exercising, the weight will usually come back. This means that a teen who wants to lose weight and keep it off needs to find activities that they enjoy and will continue doing or can incorporate into their daily activities. These can include:
In addition exercising to lose weight has many other benefits for teens. It may help them to:
Exercise to lose weight doesn't mean you have to go to a gym. Anything that gets a teen up and moving will help burn calories. They should usually aim for at least 30 minutes a day of exercise, though the 30 minutes can be broken up throughout the day, such as a 10 minute walk, 10 minutes doing housework, and 10 minutes lifting weights. It is usually good for teens to vary the type of exercise they get to keep it interesting and work out different muscle groups. Most teens should try to get some type of aerobic exercise, like walking, biking, or swimming, every day, and anaerobic exercise like weight lifting or stretching a couple of time a week.
A few tips for success include:
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Mayo Clinic, "Weight Loss: 6 strategies for success"
John Cloud, Time, "Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin" [online]
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