I get this question all of the time...
"What is the best way to exercise to lose weight?"
The answer is...
That is probably not the answer you were hoping for but it is the truth...
It depends on how much time you are willing to invest.
It depends on what you are after (i.e. your goals).
It depends if you are more concerned with the number on the scale or looking fit and toned.
If you have hours and hours per week to workout and primarily care about losing weight, then walking could be a good option for you. It can be time-consuming but if you do enough of it, it will work. You will burn a lot of calories and that, in combination with eating a reasonable diet, will cause you to lose weight.
On the other hand, if you do NOT have a lot of time and you DO want to look fit and toned, then you should seriously consider high-intensity interval training combined with resistance training. This combination helps you quickly burn a lot of calories while helping you preserve and build muscle (which is how you get 'toned').
If you are new to resistance training, check out this week's temple tip for my Resistance Training 101.
But to tell you the truth, all of this is kind of beside the point.
Because "the best workout for weight loss" is the one you'll actually do.
Today's Success Principle:
To win at weight loss and maintenance, you have to be consistent. Once in a while, will not do.
So that's why our "fitness family" works out together 2-4 days a week. Believe it or not, having others to work out with makes a BIG difference. When you know you'll be working out with a group of fun and supportive people who treat you like family every week, you actually want to show up! So find your tribe!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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40-something who loves food, fitness, and fun!