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Exercise in Relation to Balanced Nutrition

By: Tamara Watt


Intensity of Exercise

Intensity of exercise can affect your body’s ability to burn nonfat-free mass and resultant weight loss. But the principle is more specific to aerobic than nonaerobic exercise. Intensity refers to grades categorized as low, moderate and high levels related to maximum heart rate. It means exercise can affect your body’s ability to effectively burn calories of carbohydrate or fat. Over expenditure of carbohydrate, the muscle’s main energy source, during aerobic training can impact the ability to perform strength training and affect the ability to build muscle tissue despite losing weight.

Nonaerobic Exercise Gains Muscle

Caloric expenditure is occurring during aerobic (cardiovascular conditioning exercise) and nonaerobic exercise. In short, the result of regimented nonaerobic resistance training is a gain of muscle tissue as reported in “Kinesiology” and “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,” whereas the result of aerobic cardiovascular training is more specific to cardiovascular adaptations and caloric expenditure. Thus, the gain of muscle tissue through resistance training is how your body burns calories after exercise and enables you to lose weight while gaining muscle mass.

Fat-Free Mass and Lean Body Mass

Up to a certain point, it is possible for you to gain fat-free mass while still losing weight if a proper Nutritional Program, is in place. And in conjunction to that, an exercise regimen that incorporates aerobic and nonaerobic exercise are followed. But more Clean (proper macronutrient consumption) calories eventually need to be added to your diet to increase Lean Muscle Tissue.

What does calorie increase mean?

An increase in calories (non- balanced eating habits) to build muscle tissue eventually leads to an overall gain in body weight. It is not possible to continue to build muscle tissue while decreasing body weight because of the principles regarding caloric deficit and weight loss. However, it is possible to continue to change body composition to more muscle mass and less body fat, if it is structured properly in regards to your goals, training schedule and current body composition.

Know the Facts!

Did you know that after each cardio session you perform, you’re body’s ability to burn calories “catabolic” is increased for only 2 hours!

Did you know that after each resistance training session you perform, you’re body’s ability to burn calories can last for 48 hours!

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