There are some people that hate exercise and it doesn´t matter which activity I tell them to do they do it once and never again and the excuses of why they can´t do exercises are infinite like it´s so hard, they´re out of shape, they sweat and they hate to sweat, they don´t have time, etc.
Even when losing weight following only a diet and not doing exercise is not the best weight to do it is possible.
Lets be clear about what weight loss means, in general weight loss means losing fat, losing water and losing muscle. This is what happens when you don´t do exercise and only follow a very strict calorie diet. If you do this you´ll end up being skinny and the worst part of this is that losing muscle mass have negative effects long term so focusing on improving body composition is key or at least maintain the amount of muscle you have.
It´s so hard to maintain muscle if you´re not exercising and you´ll get to a point where your body will start burning muscle mass when you are on calorie deficit because there´s no reason for your body to keep that muscle, you are not using it. When you lose muscle your metabolism slows.
Reducing fat and increasing or maintaining muscle mass is the way to go and your goals must be targeted to this. If you don´t want to exercise and you only want to follow a diet to lose weight which I don´t recommend you´ll need to consider two things, calorie intake and insulin.
You´ll need to reduce calories to be able to create a deficit to force your body to use stored fat for energy, this deficit will need to be higher than if you were doing some exercise. Reducing calories will get you to a point where you can´t lower calories more which makes it almost impossible to lose more fat.
Insulin can make fat loss easier or block it, if you are insulin resistant you´ll need to improve insulin sensitivity by lowering carbohydrates or following some type of intermittent fasting. If insulin is high your body won´t burn fat efficiently and insulin get triggered with carbohydrates , intermittent fasting helps lower insulin when you are in a fasted state.
If you only follow a diet and don´t exercise you´ll end up being skinny causing more problems long term, once you stop the diet you´ll gain the weight back and you´ll gain even more weight thanks to the slow on metabolism. Now you have less muscle and your body needs lower calories to maintain your physique.
If you hate to workout and only focus on a diet, you´ll need to be very strict lowering calories a bit more than if you were working out and you´ll need to eliminate all sweets, junk, processed and fast food and you´ll also need to eliminate or at least reduce complex carbohydrates like oats, rice, potatoes, you may even need to avoid fruit and you need to stick with meats, fish, eggs, a lot of vegetables and healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.
Going to this extreme is not necessary and it´s obviously not healthy, if you are one of this people you need to continue trying different type of exercises until you find one that you like and enjoy, you can try yoga, boxing, circuit training or you can combine them. You don´t need to do the same type of exercise every day or every week, you can change it every day, every week or every month.
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