Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on weight loss products, and waste billions more on unused gym memberships, yet more than two-thirds of Americans are still overweight or obese. So what gives?
Before you spend another dime on exercise equipment, special sneakers or any other item you think will help you lose weight, here are some fascinating facts that could help you exercise more effectively and be more reasonable about your workout expectations.
Exercise experts and personal trainers will tell you that the best way to burn fat is to do cardiovascular exercise, but increasing your heart rate alone might not actually help you lose weight. In fact, your body’s response to exercise can depend on a host of outside factors we may not even consider before setting foot on a treadmill.
For instance, a low-intensity workout like an hour-long walk could help you lose weight better than 20 minutes of running might, suggests Dummies.com. And those who work out regularly but don’t switch up how they exercise can hit a weight loss plateau, so interval training might help the more fit lose those last few pounds.
If you’re lucky, exercise could help you stave off hunger, but many who are trying to exercise regularly could actually be revving up their cravings for carbohydrates and may actually end up consuming more than they would if they hadn’t exercised, according to The New York Times.