We all know that regular exercise is our best bet to lose weight. When we exercise, our body muscle works harder so burning calories much faster. Exercise also enlarges our muscle tissue and at the same time raises our metabolic rate (the amount of calories we burn while resting). There are two types of exercise that could burn calories more effectively – Aerobic and Anerobic.

Aerobic exercise refers to physical workouts that require oxygen to be delivered to our body muscles (via the lungs and blood supply) over an extended period of time. Some of the aerobic activities includes – walking, jogging, swimming, jumping rope, roller-blading, rowing and general sports like football or tennis. Aerobic exercise is sometimes referred to as "cardio exercise" because it strengthens the cardiovascular (heart) and respiratory (lungs) systems. This will make you feel energize and increase your stamina.

Anaerobic exercise refers to fitness routines (eg lifting weights) that do not rely on oxygen for fuel. Typically, this exercise involves a short burst of energy which is powered by non-oxygen fuel sources such as adenosine triphosphate and glycogen stored in the muscles. Normally, anaerobic exercise is performed by body builder or weight lifter.

Although exercising helps to burn more calories and makes you lose weight – But do make sure that you eat 3 – 4 hours before each exercise routine. Your meal is preferential high-carbohydrate, low in fat, with foods like breakfast cereal, fruit, yogurt, fruit juice, bread, pasta and rice. Try to avoid fried food and other high-fat options. These low-fat, carbohydrate-rich foods give you the necessary energy to enable you to exercise for up to one hour at a time, and help to optimize fat-burning more effectively. Drinking plain water will be much better as compared to isotonic drinks as there have high calorie-content which are not required unless you perform a vigorous exercising

Once finish exercising, refuel your energy in your body with high-carbohydrates, low-fat meal. Sometimes, you might lose some appetite after exercise. It is perfectly normal, but you should not exercise again within 12 hours without you have replenished your body with sufficient food rich with carbohydrates.

Bottom line – Exercise is the surefire way to lose weight. Not only you will burn calories but you can do it safely, naturally and confidently.