Losing weight in a healthy way can take a significant time investment, and the effort involved can make it challenging to even get started. The more you weigh and the less fit you are, the more difficult exercise is bound to be at the beginning. However, some facts can help put this challenge in perspective and fuel your motivation for the long haul.
It's important to note that the bigger you are, the more calories you will burn performing a given exercise at a specific intensity level for a certain amount of time. For example, someone weighing 200 pounds can expect to burn about 50 percent more calories than someone weighing 130 pounds walking at the same pace for the same amount of time.
By having extra fat, you are essentially carrying a weight vest with you during your exercise sessions. This means that the intensity of exercise you get from a light workout may even exceed what a smaller person would get from a more vigorous exercise session. Not only can this save you time, but it can also offer some peace of mind if you don't feel ready or eager to do high-intensity exercise options, such as jogging or running. Furthermore, the ability to burn 200 calories faster than someone smaller means that you will get more results from including short spurts of exercise, such as walks to the store, in your daily routine.
As your fitness trek continues, loss of fat may mean that you burn fewer calories doing the same types of exercise. On one hand, this may not matter if you are close to or already at your goal weight. At the same time, you may choose to increase your exercise intensity at this point. Muscle gains you have made during your exercise regimen will likely make more intense exercise easier if you choose to go this route.