Exercise will never result in significant weight loss unless you dedicate a lot of time to it and dramatically change your eating habits. Just look at the ads offering exercise equipment and exercise programs. They almost always say in the small print that you only achieve the results they advertise when combined with a proper diet and their exercise. Translation – eat less, exercise more and you’ll lose weight and look better.

The facts about exercise and weight loss

In order to lose 1 pound of weight you have to burn 3,500 calories and to do that with a typical exercise routine will take about one month. You heard it right, you’ll have to exercise for about one month to lose one pound.

If you do a typical exercise routine with a home gym or at fitness center it is likely that you’ll burn less than 300 calories per session. Therefore in order to lose just one pound of weight through exercise, you would have to do 30 minutes of exercise for about 12 days each month. And that’s assuming you didn’t increase the amount of calories you take in.

While doing body building and other exercises, most of us burn about 7 to 10 calories per minute. However, that’s only for the minutes you are exercising. Much of a one hour exercise session is spent moving from machine to machine, changing equipment and just hanging out.

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