Best Exercise to Lose Weight From Experience

As a person who has been as much as 120 pounds overweight and managed to lose it all, I have learned a thing or two about diet and exercise. I have had many friends come to me over the years and ask what is the best exercise to lose weight, and my answer is always the same. It really takes a combination of aerobic and resistance exercises to achieve permanent weight loss, and when done in tandem, they can make losing weight very achievable.

First and foremost, the best exercise to lose weight from my experience is swimming or using an elliptical machine. These are both great aerobic exercises that are going to burn a lot of calories if done on a regular basis and for at least 30 minutes at a time. I know that when I was working on the elliptical machine at the gym I went to, there were times when I first started where I would burn 800 to 900 calories per hour, and the weight just came pouring off of me.

On the other hand, doing resistance training, particularly dead lifts, power cleans, bench presses, curls, triceps dips and so forth could all be considered among the best exercise to lose weight as well, because anytime you’re working out with weights or machines, you are going to burn calories for the rest of the day from that workout. When I was going to the gym during lunch, I would burn some serious calories hitting the weights, and noticed when I was lifting every day that I was toning up as well.

Now, there is another school of thought that says that the best exercise to lose weight is walking, because it is so beneficial for you in so many ways, and it also is something that a person can continually do for a long time. It is a great way to burn calories, and it is relatively easy on the body. However, what I will say about walking is that calories are not burned as fast as with the other activities, and one really has to walk for long periods of time to get the same effects they would on a treadmill or elliptical machine in less time.

I am not sure that there is one best exercise to lose weight above all others. I have always felt that a combination of cardiovascular exercise and weight training was the best and most effective way to lose weight. It really just depends on how quickly you want to lose weight and what you are willing to do to lose it.

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