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Can You Lose Weight by Exercise Alone? 3 Things to Keep in Mind

How to Lose Weight Without Dieting

One of the biggest things people want to do is lose weight without changing their diet at all. They want to eat what they want and solely lose the weight through exercise.

While this is a good idea, you can’t. You need to have a healthy diet and an exercise plan to lose the weight and more importantly, keep it off.

However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t put more focus on your exercise routine and only make a few small changes to your diet. Some people do that and have seen great success. 

So here are some of the things that you need to keep in mind if you want to focus on losing weight primarily through your exercise habits. 

  1. Cut The Calories That You Eat

As much as fitness gurus and all the people involved in the fitness industry would tell you, losing weight and building muscle isn’t that complicated.

You simply need to be consuming less calories than you are burning and exercising in order to lose weight, and you need to be eating more calories than you are burning and partaking in regular exercise to build muscle.

For many people, cutting their calories is the hardest part. The list of high calorie foods and the foods that are “bad” for our health are changing every single week it seems like.

To say nothing of the court of popular opinion. So whenever people choose to cut calories they simply focus on eating less food, without considering why they are doing so or even having a plan.

But in order to cut calories, while still getting the nutrition you need, you need to focus on eating the right kinds of food. Do some research on what types of foods you want to eat, and see what amount of calories you can find in them.

Believe it or not, most calorie focused diet plans allow you to eat a lot more than you might think, because you are eating more of the right foods.

If you don’t want to try to count calories and examine foods yourself, you can try a low-calorie meal delivery service, and browse their menu. Then just see what types of foods you like and get them delivered to you.

  1. Focus On Fuelling Your Exercise With Food

Most people subscribe to the low food, high exercise pattern of losing weight. They think that if they just eat less and exercise more, they can get the body they want. However, for many people, this backfires.

Because your body is a machine that needs fuel to exercise and if it doesn’t have the fuel, it won’t work as well. This makes your workouts less effective and then causes you to stop losing weight. Plus you feel horrible too. 

Don’t be afraid to craft your diet around making sure that you can do your exercise. If you are running for the majority of your workouts, eat like a runner. If you are weight lifting, then eat like a weightlifter. The more fuel you can provide your body while you work out, the better results you will get.

  1. Focus On Repetition

Finally, while it is nice to hit a new PB or master a brand new workout, you need to make sure that you are training with reps. Sure you might be able to do ten cling and jerks at your max weight, but can you do fifty at a low weight?

Being able to repeat exercises over long periods of time is just as effective as a few short bursts at high intensity. So don’t be afraid to hit the gym with reps and repetition in mind, because that is going to get you the same results.

Plus, you will be just as tired and sweaty at the end of the workout, so no worries about that!

You can lose weight, keep it off, and build some muscle simply by focusing on your exercise plan. But remember that other things like having a good diet, a good sleep schedule, proper hydration, and other factors can influence how well that exercise plan affects your body.