How frequently should you exercise to lose weight? A trainer on the Australian version of the show and author of Total Body Transformation Michelle Bridges, had stated that the amount of time you spent working out weekly can determine your weight loss success.
If You Want to Lose Weight, You Should Exercise This Much
A recent research showed that “between 150 to 250 minutes per week of moderate intensity physical activity is effective in weight loss. While obese and overweight individuals are more likely to lose weight and keep it off, if they exercise for at least 250 minutes weekly. Doing physical activiy for more than 250 minutes per week has resulted in “significant” weight loss for these people.
Michelle Bridges on the other hand, stated that six days a week for 50-60 minutes at a time is the ideal time for weight loss. These hours of exercise weekly will help you create a calorie deficit.
She is also recommending to workout almost every day to set-up habits and rituals. When your workout becomes part of your daily routine, you are more likely to do it without second thoughts.
If the idea of an almost-daily hour-long exercise sounds exhausting, Michelle is assuring that it will not feel like that. She is recommending to break up your workouts to three “hard” days of exercise, such as interval or Tabata training, along with at least 2 moderate days and one light or passive exercise per day.
The training does not have to be like that of an athlete or an Olympian, but it should be about building in those habits. Someone who has the habit of training at least six days a week, even if they miss some days, is going to be more consistent, compared to than someone who only trains three days a week. As she said, a habitual workout routine will produce successful weight-loss results.