There are several ways one can use exercise to accelerate their weight loss efforts.
When combined with an appropriate diet, losing weight can either take on a natural time frame or it can involve turbo-charging one's efforts to see greater results at a quicker pace.
If you are looking to lose weight and have adopted a healthy diet that you are able to stick to, you will need to incorporate some form of cardiovascular exercise.
Your two options are as follows: 1.
Slow and Steady.
A slow and steady approach to cardio is not a bad thing.
To the contrary, keeping your heart rate at slightly elevated level without getting into a hard core cardio training zone will be more effective at burning fat.
The fat burning process, however, takes a lot longer.
This means you will need to work out for longer blocks of time (say an hour instead of twenty minutes) and for longer period of time (say six months instead of two or three).
However, the reality is that a good exercise routine is one that you are able to stick to, one that is not too draining on you emotionally, and lower heart-rate exercise is just that.
Think of walking.
Many adults make a routine of walking, whether it is after dinner and before bed, first thing in the morning, etc..
The key is to walk for long enough blocks.
Ensuring you get a good one hour will certainly yield results, but it will take time.
On the other hand, walking for two hours every day is somewhat unrealistic.
Fast and Furious.
A fast and furious cardio workout will last for a shorter block of time (all you need is 20 to 30 minutes) and will involve elevating your heart rate to levels that will typically leave you panting.
For this reason, obtaining your doctor's approval is highly recommended.
Known as interval training, the fast and furious method involves a slower pace during part of your workout and an extremely fast pace for the other part.
There are many variations of this but it is what many athletes use to train, particularly those who need to prepare their bodies for periods where they will need sudden bursts of energy.
The benefit to this type of training is that it helps to increase metabolism, but to achieve this result you will need to workout for roughly 3 to 6 months and continue with some sort of cardio routine.
This increased metabolism rate will also burn fat, but at a more rapid rate.
The trouble is keeping to such a vigorous cardio routine, even for 3 months.
There are benefits to both cardio routines outlined above.
Determining the one that makes sense for you will come down to your time availability as well as your health circumstances.