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Do I need to lose weight before I start exercising?

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Last Updated: 08/13/2019 at 4:43pm
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December 12th, 2017 3:12am
Not necessarily so. Exercising is not only about weight lost it is also about health. In order for you to be healthy you will exercise and it can be done at any time in any size.
January 2nd, 2018 5:35am
It depends entirely on your physical condition and how your weight affects your ability to move. If right now getting off the couch is a struggle, then I’d recommend to start with smaller steps like spending more time standing, etc. Listen to your body and what it needs. If moving feels good, even if it’s just moving about to do more chores than usual, then it should be safe. Your best bet is to speak with a doctor about any concerns before starting any new exercise regime.
January 8th, 2018 8:46am
No you do not. Excercising will help you lose weight slowly as you progress. A person should only lose or gain a pound or two a week, if it is more than that you could lose good fats stores in your body like the fat under your eyes that stops you from getting hollowed under eyes. Also carbs+protein=muscle gain. Protein+veggies=weight loss. Never eat right before working out and always eat protein and potassium after a workout, otherwise it will be for nothing. Also don’t drink gatorade or anything that doesn’t have natural sugar. Women can only take in about 23 grams of sugar per day, if they take in more their body won’t be able to digest it and will turn it into fat around the waistline. For men it is around 34 grams depending on their weight.
February 27th, 2018 4:41pm
Definitely NOT! You can begin exercising anytime! Find an activity you like such as walking, volleyball, lifting weights, or yoga! Exercising doesn’t have to be a punishment for your body, it should be a reward for it! You’re making yourself stronger with every step you take.
March 19th, 2018 9:15pm
You should always get a check up from your Dr before starting a new exercise routine and healthy lifestyle...But you do not need to lose weight before you exercise. When you start to exercise you will notice shifts and changes in your body...weight loss and weight gain too as you build muscle. You will have transformations if you exercise regularly and have not done this before or in will notice many things. With exercise you want to make sure you are heating healthy and getting plenty of water also.
April 6th, 2018 12:46am
Exercise can be done at any weight, however it is advisable to consult a medical Doctor before committing to an exercise routine , especially if you have medical conditions which limit your activity .
July 23rd, 2018 7:03am
No but a change in diet or calorie counting will help.
July 24th, 2018 3:48pm
No, exercising while dieting will produce much better results than just dieting alone. Making your diet a lifestyle change is the best way to lose the weight and keep it off. Just turn regular healthy methods into lifestyle changes.
August 13th, 2019 4:43pm
How would this logic work? If you want to do some specific complex exercises like in Olympic weightlifting, the clean and jerk, you'll probably need to lose some weight to be able to do the movement, but it's anyway such a complex move you won't be doing it in the first half year of lifting. Otherwise if you just talk about general exercising, isn't physical activity a fat loss tool? Why would you need to lose weight to do basic exercising?