Exercise is a great way to get on the road to weight loss, but how much exercise does it take to start losing weight? In order to understand this, you must first understand what a calorie is. Calories are written on food labels everywhere, but few understand the role they play in weight loss and weight gain.
A calorie is a unit of energy that is provided by food. When you eat food, you consume calories that either work as energy to help you complete daily tasks, or are stored in your body for use at a later date. These stored calories (or unused energy) can lead to weight gain. 3,500 stored calories is equal to one pound.
If you want to exercise in order to lose weight, you must burn off 3,500 of those stored calories in order to lose one pound.
The amount of calories you burn while exercising depends on several variables including:
- The intensity of the exercise
- The amount of time you participate in the exercise
In general, the longer you spend doing a particular exercise, the more calories you burn. Likewise, the more intensely you workout, the more calories you burn.