Combine exercise and diet for effective long term weight loss. Whether the goal is to look and feel better or to improve health, many people want to lose weight. Until someone invents a magic pill, healthy weight loss comes from changing diet and exercise habits. At The Training Spot in Huntington Beach, we know what happens when we diet without exercising, or exercise without eating well. The big question is will dieting or exercising alone be enough for a person to lose weight and keep it off?

In theory exercise alone should result in weight loss. Exercise burns calories, and burning more calories than one uses results in weight loss, right? However real life this is not always that simple. Our expert personal trainers at The Training Spot in Huntington Beach will tell you that one reason exercising alone does not usually shed pounds is that most exercisers tend to compensate for the calories burned by eating more. The calories burned during exercise are actually often less than we think. If working out is used to justify a few extra treats, the result is usually weight maintenance or weight gain. It takes a lot longer to burn off the calories than it does to consume them! And since regular exercise can increase the appetite it often leads to eating more. The scale will begin to creep up.

At The Training Spot in Huntington Beach we recognize that making changes in our diet can result in weight loss but understand that there are negative effects of dieting alone. One downside of calorie restriction is a slower metabolism, which means that the body burns fewer calories per day. This slowing of the metabolism, causes a plateau in weight loss, even though the caloric intake stays constant. With nutrition being a big part of the program at The Training Spot in Huntington Beach we see that most diets are unrealistic. While some people may be able to restrict certain foods for a few months, most will not be able to maintain it for the long term. Because diets slow the metabolism, most dieters gain back the weight lost, plus more, when they get off the diet. Finally, dieting alone causes loss of muscle as well as body fat. Even though the scale shows a change, the body fat percentage may remain the same.

It is no surprise that working with a personal trainer to follow a regular exercise program combined with a healthy diet plan is the most effective way to lose the weight and keep it off. At The Training Spot in Huntington Beach our personal trainers know that exercise helps to speed up, or at least maintain the metabolic rate. Exercise also reduces the amount of muscle mass lost during dieting. This means that when the scale shows a drop in weight, the weight lost is likely body fat. Most importantly, people who exercise are more likely to keep the weight off. Even if exercise does not result in weight loss, it is a key component in maintaining the new you. Maintaining healthy weight loss does not begin and end with exercise or diet alone. A healthy combination of the two will help you reach your goal.