If you are at a 200-300 calorie deficit in an attempt to lose weight then 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 4 times a week is enough to burn fat, but you will also be losing a little bit of muscle mass (you can limit the amount of muscle mass lost by increasing your protein intake, but you'll still be losing some muscle). If you are trying to lose weight that's a good thing. However, if you consume 200-300 hundred EXTRA calories a day in an effort to gain muscle mass then 30 minutes of weight lifting (or body weight exercises) 4 times a week is enough for you to gain some muscle mass, but you will also be gaining a small amount of fat.
I'm short, exercising for 30 minutes 4 times a week is very beneficial. It's enough to lose fat in a healthy way OR gain some healthy muscle mass depending on the type of exercises you are doing and your caloric intake. However, it's physiologically impossible to simultaneously build muscle and lose fat.
- If I wake up late, what can I do to exercise and yet still reach my office on time?
- How do you get up and exercise in the morning?
- How do you stay motivated to exercise on days when you’re just exhausted and had a 12-hour shift at work?
- How do you stay fit and focused when your job is mainly sedentary?
- How do you stay fit and motivated when your job is sedentary?
- What kinds of exercises should I do as a beginner?
- How do you stick to an exercise regimen? I always start well and then let it slide.
- Can you suggest at home workouts for fat loss?
- How long do you usually exercise in the morning?
- Is there a habit that you have had a hard time keeping up? I think most people might say exercise. But, I have not been consistent with meditation no matter how many times I have started over. Truth be told, I fall asleep. Any suggestions on changing up how I do this? P.S. Time of day makes no difference. 😴