Mathew Hampson is an E-Commerce Marketing Executive who works with Oxfordshire based Big Game Hunters, the play experts. He handles their specialist trampoline shop website. When Mathew isn’t thinking about all things bouncing he likes playing music and watching football.
As I have previously written on this site as a Guest Pundit, trampoline exercise is incredibly efficient and you can burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. NASA has previously found that it is 68 percent more efficient than jogging. When you take up trampoline exercise you will likely feel terrific with all the endorphins it will produce and expect your weight loss to rapidly progress.
There is a rough ratio of 80% diet to 20% exercise that explains what drives weight loss. While it is difficult to gauge an exact percentage of how diet and exercise affect weight loss it is certainly true that you have a wider scope to plan your diet effectively than eat too much and try to burn it off.
For example if you balance your meals fantastically and then have a “snaccident” eating a large family sized bar of chocolate you have added over 1000 calories to you daily total. This would take around an hour and a half of light jogging on a treadmill to burn off. It is (at least theoretically!) far easier to be strong and just say no than to have to give this hour and a half away to exercise!
That isn’t to say that you need to starve yourself to have an effective weight loss diet.
The way to overcome this is to have a rough game plan of when you will eat. This means even if you are in a caloric deficit, you can trick your stomach by keeping it full at strategic intervals in accordance with your calories for the day.
The first thing you need to do when assessing how many calories you need is work out your Basal metabolic rate. This is the amount of calories you would burn if you were to do nothing for 24 hours.
You then factor in your level of activity from being sedentary in a desk job where your only exercise is walking short distances to very active which is someone who does large amounts of exercise such as long distance runners. Please see the guide below to gauge the sort of target you can aim for. Keep in mind this is a rough estimate that will set you on the right track.
You now have the number of calories your body requires to stay the same weight. You need to pick your deficit depending on how quickly you want to lose the weight. Keep in mind it takes around 3500 calories to burn a pound of fat so if you wanted to lose a pound a week you would need a daily deficit of 500 calories.
With your calories total in mind you can then work out how many times a day you plan to eat and divide them up. For example if you like a big breakfast on a 2500 calorie target you could have 800 first thing, 600 for lunch, 600 for dinner and 500 in snacks.
Pre plan your meals and know how much you are eating and at what time. Keeping your stomach full with healthy and filling foods will mean you feel full but maintain your deficit.
When deciding how quickly you want to lose the weight it is important to realise that your body is a machine which needs nutrients and calories to run. Starvation diets aren’t enjoyable or healthy. If you can’t create a regime which is repeatable consistently you may see short term weight loss and then put it all back on. The old adage of “slow and steady wins the race” is defiantly true!
Trampoline exercise is a great motivating thing to have in your life but you’ve also got to make sure you’ve got a champion diet to go along with it!