Can CrossFit Help You Lose Weight?

by Integrated Fitness on November 1, 2011

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CrossFit is a popular fitness program for men and women of all ages and physical activity levels. CrossFit is ideal for those looking to participate in a full body conditioning program. This type of exercise helps to keep your heart rate up while burning calories and building lean muscle mass. As a result, regular participation in CrossFit can help you to lose weight.

Defined as a strength and conditioning program, CrossFit incorporates a variety of functional exercises that put free weights as well as the weight of your body to use. A majority of CrossFit exercises place an emphasis on increasing power. While aiming to increase power, you can develop cardiorespiratory endurance, speed, agility, coordination, balance, stamina, flexibility and strength.

As you are probably well aware, losing weight requires that you burns more calories than you are consuming (one pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories). As result, weight loss programs focus on increasing the number of calories you burn on a daily basis, while increasing your resting metabolism. Weight loss programs also focus on a healthy, well-balanced diet. By eating healthy and making wise food and drink decisions you are better able to limit your caloric intake on a daily basis. Combined, diet and exercise can help you to lose weight.

Activities that are ideal for losing weight are the activities that keep your heart rate elevated, which makes them more effective at burning calories. What about CrossFit? CrossFit requires small sections of cardiovascular activity, such as running, in combination with strengthening exercises, such as deadlifts and squats. CrossFit exercises help to work all of the large muscles of your body. As a result, your heart rate will remain elevated throughout your entire CrossFit workout. This can lead to a significant amount of calories burned and an increase in your resting metabolism.  CrossFit is a challenge that can lead to a life of healthier, more active choices.

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