Is Swimming A Good Sport To Lose Weight

Is Swimming A Good Sport To Lose Weight



Have you taken up swimming as​ a​ sport to​ help you to​ lose weight? if​ you are,​ you are not alone because most people think that swimming is​ effective way to​ tone muscles and lose weight. This is​ why the​ public swimming pools everywhere are always packed in​ the​ evenings and on​ weekends.

Before I disappoint you,​ I must first declare that I am not against swimming. On the​ contrary,​ I swim regularly for the​ sake of​ my cardiovascular health.

However,​ some research seem to​ suggest that swimming is​ not an​ effective way to​ lose weight and in​ fact,​ one can even gain weight with swimming. Getting more bewildering eh?

Swimming is​ considered by many as​ one of​ the​ best exercises or​ sport to​ lose weight and to​ tone muscles because when you swim,​ most of​ your muscles are called into action and you are actually having a​ full body workout. Furthermore,​ swimming also has an​ aerobic effect and so the​ heart and lungs are getting their dose of​ exercise as​ well.

However,​ a​ research published in​ the​ American Journal of​ Sports Medicine demostrated that in​ the​ absence of​ a​ controlled diet,​ swimming has little or​ no effect on​ weight loss.

Professor Grant Gwinup conducted an​ experiment correlating swimming with weight loss and came up with surprising results.

a) Test subjects put in​ a​ cycling program lost 19 pounds in​ a​ 90 days study.

b) Those following a​ walking program lost 17 pounds in​ the​ same period.

c) Now,​ brace yourself for this! Subjects in​ the​ swimming program actually gained extra 5 pounds!

Did the​ findings shock you? I couldn't believe what I was reading when I first came across the​ report.

Professor Gwinup then assumes that swimming in​ cold water stimulates the​ appetite to​ increase caloric consumption. Do you feel hungry after a​ swimming session? if​ you do,​ then professor could be right.

Professor Louise Burke,​ Head of​ Nutrition at​ the​ Australian Institute of​ Sport pointed out that competitive swimmers typically have body fat levels that are higher than those of​ runners or​ cyclists who expend a​ similar amount of​ energy when they train.

Why is​ that so? This is​ because swimmers feel hungry after swimming and may simply replace all the​ calories they have burned with a​ large meal and a​ sugar laden drink after their swim.

On top of​ that,​ they may even consume more calories than they have used up.

"Some research suggests that this is​ due to​ the​ cool temperatures in​ which swimmers often train in​ and by contrast,​ runners and cyclists usually experience an​ increase in​ body temperature during their training sessions,​ which may help to​ suppress appetite." Professor Burke said.

Professor Burke also noted that competitive swimmers are less active when not in​ training sessions. the​ swimmers are so tired from the​ hours of​ intensive training that they sleep,​ relax or​ avoid any active physical activities outside their training sessions. Deja vu? Do you feel tired and sleepy after a​ swim?

Now,​ let's talk about toning muscles. Do note that most of​ the​ work your body does when swimming involves positive muscle actions and no negative action and we​ know all know that the​ negative phase,​ that is,​ when lowering the​ weights during weight training is​ very important in​ building muscles.

So can your muscles develop properly when only the​ positive muscles are worked on? By the​ way,​ before you say that competitive swimmers have nice muscle tone,​ that is​ because they lift weights to​ maintain muscle balance as​ well as​ to​ gain strength for more powerful strokes.

Please,​ do not give up swimming if​ you enjoy the​ sport. Doing any exercise or​ sport is​ better than not exercising at​ all. Just make sure that you don't eat more or​ become more less active after your invigorating swim.




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