If you want to maximize your workout and lose weight faster, you might want to rethink your workout routine. We consulted with Dr. Luiza Petre, Board Certified Cardiologist and Weight Management specialist, to get you the worst exercises for fat loss (and what to do instead). Check out her tips below and get moving!
It's important to remember that not all exercises lead to weight loss.
"While weight loss is an awesome side effect of working out, exercise can benefit your brain, your mood, and your overall health, too," says Dr. Petre. "However, not all movement is good movement when it comes to weight loss. While I encourage all types of fitness for more reasons than just weight loss, if your focus is dropping pounds, you should know that not all forms of exercise are as effective for weight loss as others. In fact, there may be more bad exercises than good ones when it comes to losing weight and building muscle."
Instead, give strength training a chance. The not-so-simple workout can do wonders for your fat loss plans.
"If you do any kind of strengthening or toning exercises to stay healthy and to remove inches, I encourage all efforts, for more reasons than just weight loss," she adds. "But if your number one goal is weight loss, you may want to reprioritize your workout schedule. And most importantly, if you are doing an exercise that causes you real pain, your body is trying to tell you 'STOP!' But do not go to the other extreme and completely neglect strength training."
That being said, if you want to slim down, don't put your body through stress just to reach your goals.
"The key to all weight loss goals, and health improvement at the same time, without bringing your body to the risk of injury is balance," Petre says. "Start with a good, healthy balance of strength training and a bit of cardio to build your endurance so you can continue shedding pounds and reach your goals."