If You're Trying to Lose Weight, This Is the Workout You Should Be Doing, According to an Expert

© Getty / Geber86 If you're trying to lose weight, you may be wondering what style of training you should be doing to reach your goal. Studies have shown that cardio, HIIT, and strength training can aid in weight loss, but to find out if one is more effective than the others, POPSUGAR spoke to obesity medicine physician and scientist Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA. "One of the largest fallacies when we look at weight management is that physical activity leads to significant weight loss," Dr. Stanford told POPSUGAR. "On average, most people that engage in exercise - especially if they're already regularly exercising - will have weight maintenance," she explained. If you're just beginning to start a workout regimen, Dr. Stanford said your body "may respond differently to different types of programs." As frustrating as it may be to hear, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to losing weight. You may notice a change in your physique from HIIT, while others may benefit more from cardio or strength training. Finding the style of training that works best for you is like finding a partner; it'll take a lot of trial and error to figure out what works best. "What I tell my patients is that we need to find their 'soulmate workout,'" Dr. Stanford said. If the thought of medicine ball slams and burpees make you cringe, a CrossFit workout may not be right for you. Instead, Dr. Stanford said the key is to find something you want to do consistently in order to achieve weight maintenance and mild weight loss. To address weight loss, Dr. Stanford said it's important to focus on diet quality, sleep quality and duration, circadian rhythm alignment (waking during daylight and sleeping in the evening), and evaluating medications that may promote weight gain.

By Tamara PridgettPopSugar

If you're trying to lose weight, you may be wondering what style of training you should be doing to reach your goal. Studies have shown that cardio, HIIT, and strength training can aid in weight loss, but to find out if one is more effective than the others, POPSUGAR spoke to obesity medicine physician and scientist Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA.

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YOGA

As an all-around great exercise, it's hard to beat yoga. It is low impact and can be done by people at all skill levels. Doing yoga regularly increases flexibility, strength, and balance. It's good for the joints but is still weight bearing, which is a guard against osteoporosis. It's easy to find yoga classes at senior centers, community centers, and gyms, as well as at dedicated yoga studios.
                               

"One of the largest fallacies when we look at weight management is that physical activity leads to significant weight loss," Dr. Stanford told POPSUGAR. "On average, most people that engage in exercise - especially if they're already regularly exercising - will have weight maintenance," she explained.

If you're just beginning to start a workout regimen, Dr. Stanford said your body "may respond differently to different types of programs." As frustrating as it may be to hear, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to losing weight. You may notice a change in your physique from HIIT, while others may benefit more from cardio or strength training.

Finding the style of training that works best for you is like finding a partner; it'll take a lot of trial and error to figure out what works best. "What I tell my patients is that we need to find their 'soulmate workout,'" Dr. Stanford said. If the thought of medicine ball slams and burpees make you cringe, a CrossFit workout may not be right for you. Instead, Dr. Stanford said the key is to find something you want to do consistently in order to achieve weight maintenance and mild weight loss.

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WATER WORKOUTS

Resistance exercises with weights can put pressure on the joints when done on land; doing them in the water, weight-free, is better for some people. The water itself acts as resistance, and its buoyancy reduces stress on the joints. Classic weight room exercises such as the fly, leg raises, and biceps curls are easier in the water but have equal benefit, mobility experts say. Aerobic exercises such as flutter kicking, marching, and even jogging give the heart rate a boost without risk of pain or injury.
                              
                               

To address weight loss, Dr. Stanford said it's important to focus on diet quality, sleep quality and duration, circadian rhythm alignment (waking during daylight and sleeping in the evening), and evaluating medications that may promote weight gain.

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this article are the author's own and MSN does not endorse them in any way. Neither can MSN independently verify any claims made in the article. You should consult your physician before starting any weight loss or health management programme to determine if it is right for your needs.

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