Have you ever wondered about the role of working out when it comes to weight loss?
I get a lot of questions on the same and today, I will address 10 of those Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Working out is any form of physical activity whose goal is to maintain or get you healthy. There are many different ways to stay physically active and simply a matter of personal preference or choosing that which works best for you.
- Home workouts
- Gym workouts
- Outdoor (running, track work, hiking, jogging, cycling)
- Classes (zumba, boot camp, aerobics, spin, yoga, pilates)
- Sports based – basketball, soccer, swimming
The 5 above are but a few examples of common ways to stay physically active.
- Must I workout to lose weight? No. It is possible to lose weight without ever working out but simply following a sustainable nutrition program that teaches you how to change your nutrition habits long term. This way, when you lose weight you’re able to keep it off.
- What workout is best for weight loss cardio or weight/resistance /strength training? Not all workouts are created equal. All workouts fall under cardio or resistance/weight/strength training category. Resistance training aims to stimulate, tear & build muscles while most cardio activities are aerobic, raise heart rate and conditions the circulatory system (lung-heart functionality). They both have fat burning capabilities depending on duration and activity type. A combination of both strength + cardio works well for weight loss but ONLY when combined with a solid nutrition strategy.
- What is the best cardio workout? There are different types of cardio – walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, jumping rope, sprinting and they each have a different effect on the body. LISS (low-intensity steady state) is performed at a constant steady pace for 30-60min, often within a target heart rate zone (intensity) of between 50-65% of maximum heart rate. LISS training utilizes stored body fat, as opposed to muscle glycogen (stored glucose) when performing cardio at lower intensities. HIIT (High-intensity interval training) is a type of cardio performed by short output or burst energy for example sprints, frog jumps, burpees, wall balls, battle rope thumping and the like. HIIT can be performed in short durations of 15 to 20 minutes compared to LISS which requires longer workout times. HIIT utilizes glycogen first before tapping into stored fats. The effects on the body of both LISS and HIIT are very different and a combination of both in your weekly activities is the best option. Example – HIIT produces EPOC (excessive post oxygen consumption) which leaves the body burning higher amounts of calories hours after the workout has concluded while LISS calorie burn halts as soon as the workout completes.
- Why is weight/strength training important? Strength training helps build muscle which increases strength and the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn even at rest. Muscle also helps to create form/a toned look to different body parts. If 2 women lost weight where 1 only did LISS cardio and another did both, you would notice the lady who did LISS ONLY cardio is smaller but has straight, softer looking arms, and legs while the lady that included resistance training has Michelle Obama arms, tighter looking thighs, firm butt and such. Weight training helps strengthen bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, and plays a huge role when it comes to reducing the rate of aging. HIIT cardio helps stimulate muscle growth hence why a combination of LISS + HIIT works well.
- How much cardio vs strength training should you do? This depends on what level you are (beginner, intermediate, advanced), are you working yourself our or working out with a trainer and how much time you can dedicate to working out. If a beginner you will benefit most from cardio (walking/jogging – LISS) to get your heart rate up. Do this consistently to build the habit of being active, then over time add HIIT + then weight training or vice versa. If working with a trainer, then circuit training works well.
- What is the best time to workout? morning or evening? The best time is that which you can be most consistent with. If you have a busy morning getting kids to school, then evening/afternoon would be best. It’s all about finding a time that you can easily build your schedule around and that you can stick to consistently. Remember, habits are created by continuous repetition.
- What are good examples of pre-workout + post workout meals? If a beginner, listen to your body. Workout without eating anything and compare it with a morning where you had a light snack such as a banana and see which feels better. My personal advice for morning workouts – develop a habit of working out on an empty stomach. Fasted workouts tend to be effective since your body is forced to run on fuel/energy from stored fat reserves vs what you ate before the workout. It might feel tough the first couple of times, but your body will adapt. If you decide to eat before your workout, eat about 60 minutes before the workout – depending on what you eat, to allow enough digestion and absorption time. Post-workout meal depends on the type of workout performed. A protein shake after a strength session is a great way to inject protein right into the body for quicker recovery with minimum digestion. A protein + starch meal can follow about 2 hours later
- What type of workout would you advise for a beginner? Working out like most things is about consistency over long periods of time. I recommend finding 1 form of physical activity that you can perform consistently 3 times a week over 3 to 4 weeks. After the 4th week, increase time, frequency or add another activity. For example – Walk for 45 minutes 3 times a week for 4 weeks, then add 30 minutes of strength training 2 times a week or on the same 3 days a week. This will help create a routine or habit which can then be slowly added upon. Doing too much at the beginning leads to burn out and inconsistency.
- How do you break a plateau? A plateau occurs when NO CHANGE in both weight + inches happens over 4+ weeks – not 1 week. It simply means the body has adapted to what you’ve been doing and your workout method, intensity, load, rep scheme, or nutrition need to change. It is extremely important to keep the body guessing, by NOT performing the same workout routine week by week.
- Is working out the key to weight loss? No. There are a lot of people that have been physically active – working out, running, jogging for years yet still look the same. This is because they never quite change their nutrition habits or if they do, not in the correct manner. There is a precise nutrition formula for weight loss.
You MUST understand the following facts about working out:
“The role of exercise in weight loss is highly overrated. Physical activity seems to be very important for the maintenance of lost weight but not the main contributor to weight loss.” Kevin D. Hall scientist at NIDDK National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- The number one fundamental principle of losing body fat (losing weight) is creating a total daily caloric deficit through a sound nutritional strategy.
- Studies have shown that working out does NOT burn many calories in comparison to the energy consumed. The amount of energy/calories found in food is highly underrated by most people. Example – I burn 500 calories from working out for 1 hour 45 minutes. This can be easily reversed by eating 3 small cookies with are about 550 calories or 2 eggs, bacon, potatoes which = about 650 calories.
- Working out increases appetite and leads to overeating and/or compensatory behavior “I worked out today, it’s ok to eat a hamburger and fries” it also makes eating less difficult if you are always hungry.
- To lose 1 kilo/2 pounds of fat you need to burn 7000 calories working out or create a 7000 nutrition caloric deficit per week. Cutting back 500 calories per day from your current nutrition for 7 days will get you to 3500 calories deficit per week which = .5 kilo/1 pound of fat loss. Losing weight takes commitment, patience and trusting the process.
Food is fuel. The amount you eat determines how you look, feel and the body is not forgiving when we consume more energy than necessary. Working out is only 20% of the weight loss equation. To lose weight quickly, eating the correct number of calories, from the right foods source and at the right time is the easiest way to create a deficit and is 80% of the weight loss equation. This is truly why working out is NOT mandatory for weight loss but great for a myriad of other health benefits.
Don’t believe me…
95% of my weight loss coaching clients do NOT workout and are proof that it’s all about nutrition. I am able to create their calorie deficit and walk the journey with them, teach them valuable lessons and help them achieve their goals.
BONUS Frequently Asked Question: What workout or what do I do to lose weight in the belly/tummy area? Doing 1000 ab workouts or crunches does not give you a flat belly. Working out your abs creates strong ab muscles but they remain covered by the extra fat. A flat belly ONLY happens when all the FAT in the belly region is lost and a calorie deficit is the only way to burn the stored until the belly flattens. Our genetics are in control of where we store fat and what part of the body loses weight first. I’ve had clients who had disproportionate or asymmetrical bodies but after losing weight through my 12-week nutrition weight loss coaching program, their bodies regained symmetry.
Would you like results similar to what you see above without working out? I am currently accepting 15 new clients for the July 2019 weight loss coaching program and would love to speak with you If losing weight is your ultimate goal. The 1st step is for you to book your body transformation strategy session which costs $50 or 5,000/= Click this link to view testimonials and learn more about the call and the 12-week weight loss coaching program->>> http://btp.janemukami.com/coachingi5Vovdc4
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What did you learn about working out and weight loss from this post? Do you have any other questions that I can answer for you about this topic?
Jane you’ve been an inspiration and my journey to loosing weight is on going. I look forward next year to post my transformed sexy body
Looking forward to your post 🙂
Thank you for the sacrifice and love in showing us how to live healthy, your labour of love is not in vain..
Thank you do much Jane. This information will help a great deal about working and living a healthy life.
Thanks so much for your advise on how we should do in order to get that bikini body….
Yap it realised DAT I can loose weight even with out working out .
Thanks so much Jane for this well elaborated info. I have learned that it’s not always about work out , and that we also must watch what we consume, learn about our genetics and how our body parts store fats. I ‘ve learned quite a lot Jane. Thank you very much
Comment…waoh thank you so much for the advice atleast now i wil b able to live a healthy life
thank you so much for the information. it’s so so educative
Very helpful and timely
I appreciated alot
It’s going down tug his year, so help me God. Thanks Jane
jane. i like the logic behind weight loss u r my insipiration . its not easy to be consistent but baby steps are bearing fruits.have lost 7 kgs since feb with no work outs just doing minimal cabs.
Quiet educative.Thank very much for the information.
Thanks Joyce have learnt alot from this
I have lost 20kg from sept last year
The kind of info l needed..thsnks Jane
Eye opener on weight loss,nutrition and exercises. Thanks Jane
Very informative, thanks Jane for answering most of my burning questions. Still going strong on my journey to a healthy life.
Thanks Jane for all the info given cant wait to start weaning my baby so that i get my before baby body.
Can you give a diet plan or recommend foods to eat before and after a workout with an intention of losing weight
Hi,Jane this is very informative.Thank you very much
Thankyou so much Jane. How can I pay from Uganda for the coaching please. Does mobile money work?
on the website you can send payment by mpesa or pay on the website using your bank card. visit http://btp.janemukami.com/enroll
Hi Jane, Can a lactating mum take part in this 12 week program?
Nice read… Thanks for having our backs @ Jane Mukami… God continue blessing you
Thanks Jane for your advice. My only concern is when your work requires you to be up and about, how do you survive with little food with less energy? I do a lot of walking and standing during the day such that by evening am too tired for any exercise.
again, my post was focused on the importance on nutrition EVEN MORE than working out 🙂
Hi Jane, I have been following you for 2yeatd now and let’s just say you have made me look like my sons sister. My question is which is the best app to follow up on food calories for effective count
Very informative,thanks Jane.
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Thanks Jane from this ur advice i trimmed from 80 to 67 God bless you
Thanks so much for the advise Jane. So informative.
That is very informative especially how to flatten the tummy part thanks for the info
True dear…is not a matter of working hard to lose weight but Working smart thanks for encouragement.
Very educative. How about if you want to gain a little mass/muscle (while still maintaining your current weight) after reaching your weight goal without affecting the abs/core bearing in mind that to do so one has to be in a calorific surplus? How does one balance both?
if you want to increase a bit of volume then you need very heavy weight workouts and a great feeding program for atrophy/ muscle growth but it greatly depends on your body type. Example, for my body type I’ve NEVER been in a caloric surplus even when building muscle, the ONLY people that have a caloric surplus or hard gainers, those people who are skinny and always struggling to gain weight
Hey Jane..does detox put one at risk of getting pregnant?
Thank you Jane, this is very informative
Woow very educating I always learn new things everyday God bless you.
Thanks for the information.
Very educative and informative. Thank Jane!
Thanks you so much Jane. I will continue to include weight training in my workout schedules. Surely i see my posture and body looking more toned . I have also learnt that belly fat covers all the muscles and i will ensure to have a calorie deficit. I really love your educational posts. GBU
karibu sana keep up the good work 🙂
Thanks for the educative words
Yes I have learnt that I can Loose weight Minus working out. So inspired So nice. God will help me too.
Thanks Jane the information continue motivating me.
Very informative, thank you
Very helpful and timely thank you
its quiet helpful thank you
Very informative, thank you.
I have a problem in loosing my belly fats. My work involves running here and there with the kids so by the end of the day am super tired that I cannot go for workout. Please help me loose it and at the same time I am an addict of sugar?. Thankyou
as i’ve shared, it’s not about the workout but your nutrition 🙂 to help you sign up for the strategy call
Can you comment on using a trampoline for exercise . Are there any specific benefits as compared to other forms of exercise ?
i’m not familiar with trampoline for exercise
Very educative thanks alot
Thanks for the information
Thanks for the information i appreciate
Wow! Very informative! I’ll give working out a try to tone up at home…I am 14 weeks postpartum.
Thank you Jane. Very informative and I am interested in joining your July program.
Keep doing what you do!
looking forward to speaking with you Claire one your strategy call
Very educative, thankyou Jane
Thanx Mrembo very educative
Weight loss is a journey. Thank you Jane for your inspiration everytime we go off the track you bring us back through your email.
We will one day be able to post our sexy bodies when we achieve the results.
Insightful information thank you
Thankyou for the information Jane
Thanx Jane. Lots of love. ⚘⚘?
Thsnks so much for the infor
Information is power. Thanks Jane
Can you be my coach
follow the process outlined on my site btp.janemukami.com
Hi Jane thank u so much for this great information.
You’re such a kind person stay bless.
This was super informative and helped to dispel alot of the myths surrounding healthy weight loss..Thankyou Jane!
you’re welcome 🙂
Very informative, thankyou so much
Very helpful thanks