IS SWIMMING A WAY OF LOSING WEIGHT?

Have you taken up swimming as an exercise to help you to lose weight? If you are, you are not alone because most people think that swimming is effective way to tone muscles and lose weight. This is why the public swimming pools everywhere are always packed in the evenings and on weekends.

However, Coquitlam fitness trainers seem to suggest that swimming is not an effective way to lose weight and in fact, one can even gain weight with swimming. Getting more bewildering eh?

Swimming is considered by many as one of the best exercises to lose weight and to tone muscles because when you swim, most of your muscles are called into action and you are actually having a full body workout. Furthermore, swimming also has an aerobic effect and so the heart and lungs are getting their dose of exercise as well.

However, a research published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine demonstrated that in the absence of a controlled diet, swimming has little or no effect on weight loss.

A Coquitlam fitness trainer conducted an experiment correlating swimming with weight loss and came up with surprising results.

a) Test subjects put in a cycling program lost 19 pounds in a 90 days study.

b) Those following a walking program lost 17 pounds in the same period.

c) Now, brace yourself for this! Subjects in the swimming program actually gained extra 5 pounds!

Did the findings shock you? I couldn’t believe what I was reading when I first came across the report.

We assume then that swimming in cold water stimulates the appetite to increase caloric consumption. Do you feel hungry after a swimming session? If you do, then we could be right.

Have you noticed that competitive swimmers typically have body fat levels that are higher than those of runners or cyclists who expend a similar amount of energy when they train? Why is that so? This is because swimmers feel hungry after swimming and may simply replace all the calories they have burned with a large meal and a sugar laden drink after their swim. On top of that, they may even consume more calories than they have used up.


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