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Weight Loss – Is Exercise a Must to Lose Weight?

Weight loss does not happen on its own. It takes a significant effort to lose excess pounds, but you may wonder if this effort must include physical activity. When it comes to weight loss, exercise is beneficial, but it may not be necessary to see results. Working with the medically supported weight loss plan of LeanMD, you will be able to lose weight without ever setting foot in a gym, though you may still be encouraged to get exercise, since there are some distinctive advantages of staying active while you are following our dietary guidelines.

What It Takes to Lose Weight

The basics of weight loss are simple. You must consume fewer calories than you use each day so that your body begins to burn excess fat. Your body burns a good deal of calories without you even realizing it thanks to processes like digestion and the light activity you might get during your normal daily routine. Therefore, it is possible to eat enough to stay full and satisfied while still consuming fewer calories than you burn. With the help of exercise, however, you might see results faster and give yourself a little more wiggle room with small indulgences in your diet.

The Role of Exercise

Aside from simply burning more calories, exercise can have a helpful role in your weight loss program. Here’s a closer look at why you may not want to overlook exercise when you are planning your weight loss routine.

Build muscle tissue – When you use anaerobic muscle-building exercises like weight lifting or yoga, your body will create more muscle tissue, which burns fat even while you are inactive. Plus, you will enjoy added strength and endurance with more muscle mass.

Begin an active lifestyle – As you lose weight, you might have motivation to do more activities. With physical activity already in your routine, you can safely transition to an active lifestyle for support in maintaining your weight loss.

Recommended Exercise Guidelines

LeanMD will help you develop an exercise program that is fit for your capabilities and weight loss goals. Typically, a combination of aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises is recommended for optimal results. If you are ready to take excess weight off for good, LeanMD can help you reach and maintain your goals with a multi-phase program based on proven medical research and past successes with our clients.

Photo: Michele M. Schulz, M.D.

Michele M. Schulz, M.D.

Photo: Kirk Johnson, P.A.-C.

Kirk Johnson, P.A.-C.

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Your LeanMD Team

An ongoing partnership between you and the LeanMD Care Team, along with access to proven weight loss medications, ensures that you have the physical and mental support you need for as long as you need it.

Michele M. Schulz, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Schulz is the doctor who thoroughly understands the genetic, biological, environmental, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to obesity. Her comprehensive approach to treatment includes diet, physical activity, behavior change, and pharmacotherapy.

Kirk Johnson, P.A.-C.
Kirk Johnson is a physician assistant who helps you transition through our LeanMD process. He is responsible for your initial consultation as well as follow-up consultations.

Medical Providers
Are either physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who perform the initial metabolic consultation as well as the follow up consultation when you transition from weight loss to weight maintenance.

Are highly trained staff who meet with you weekly monitor your body composition. Mentors continuously consult with our Medical Providers regarding your progress and any issues that may arise. Guiding you through each step of your wellness journey, mentors are your go-to resource for tips and strategies to make this a successful and positive experience for you.