If you want to lose weight, it’s important to not put all your hope in exercise because you’ll be disappointed. The best way to drop pounds and reduce belly fat is to lower your calorie intake with a healthy diet and combine those efforts with a smart workout program.
“One thing that people hate to hear is that you really can’t out-train a bad diet,” says Lauren Powell, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and performance coach at Future, an app for remote fitness coaching. “However, fitness training increases your muscle mass, which elevates your body’s metabolism. That means you’ll be burning more calories at rest.”
In essence, while creating a calorie deficit through diet is critical to weight loss, choosing the right exercises to perform can make dropping pounds quicker and easier too, Powell says.
Before we get to Powell’s top exercises for weight loss, she recommends first figuring out your body’s energy needs. Use an online energy needs calculator like this one at Baylor College of Medicine that’s based on your height, weight, age, sex, and activity level. It calculates the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight, so bringing your total daily calories below that number will result in weight loss.
Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!