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Studies have shown when people do normal everyday things, they can and will lose more weight if they think of the calories being burned. In the study, they had people doing things such as parking in the back of a parking lot and doing everyday around the house cleaning.
They counted it as exercise and the people that counted everything they did, on average, lost MORE weight than those that only counted their cardio and strength training. It's all in the POWER OF THE MIND!!!
Counting everything I eat as the day goes on helps me not go over my calorie goal for weight loss. I make sure I get enough cardio for weight loss. I also make sure I do enough strength to build muscle which is just as important as cardio.
The amount of calories varies for everybody but once you know what your goal is for daily calories to lose weight and you do enough excercise you should be successful at losing weight. Also make sure your eating a well balanced diet.
I find something that really makes cardio exercise much more enjoyable is to first improve flexibility, then strength, and then increase cardio.
Since cardio exercises are associated with weight loss, it is easy to become focused on the scale and forget about the other two aspects of fitness. Being flexible and strong makes cardio exercise much less of an ordeal so walking, biking, etc. becomes more pleasant when the body moves with ease.
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