One pound equals 3500 calories. That means to lose weight, you have to reduce the number of calories in your regular diet or burn calories through exercise. But both is the best of all! A commitment to a combination of eating fewer calories and burning calories through physical activity is the most effective weight loss plan.
If you reduce your caloric intake by 500 per day, and if your daily workout burns 500 calories, you will theoretically lose two pounds per week – a safe amount of weight to lose in a week.
Knowing the calories burned by your favorite exercise as well as others can help you design the most effective workout regimen for your fitness and weight-loss goals. The top 10 calorie-burning activities are listed below. Mix up your workouts and give a different mode of exercise a try – not only will the variety help you burn calories but it will keep you motivated to keep working out.
Calories burned per hour*
Based on a 160-pound person
* Values from the Mayo Clinic Exercise for Weight Loss chart
Of course, these values are estimates, and actual calorie expenditure will not be the same for everyone. Your mileage may vary (so to speak) depending on many factors, such as the intensity of your workout, your weight and your current fitness level.
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