We are searching data for your request:
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.
Hitting the court can help shed pounds.
Jemal Countess/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Losing weight doesn't have to mean endless hours in a boring gym. It can mean spending time doing activities you enjoy such as shooting hoops or taking a splash in the pool. Basketball and swimming won't provide miraculous weight loss results, but when combined with a proper diet, they can lead to a healthy reduction in weight.
Calories and Weight Loss
Losing weight is a matter of burning excess calories. When you burn more calories than you consume, your body dips into its fat stores for energy, causing you to lose weight. You need to burn 3,500 excess calories to lose about 1 pound of fat. So how much weight you will lose playing basketball or swimming is directly related to how many calories the activities burn.
Dropping Pounds on the Court
A 125-pound basketball player burns about 8 calories per minute. At this rate, the player would need to play basketball for a total of more than seven hours to lose a pound of fat. A heavier 185-pound player will burn calories at a faster rate of about 12 calories per minute. Still, this heavier player would need to play almost five hours of basketball to lose 1 pound of fat -- however, playing for an hour 5 days a week works equally well and is more practical.
Swimming Away the Weight
A 125-pound person will burn about 10 calories per minute swimming laps vigorously, meaning it would take nearly six hours to lose a single pound. At 185 pounds, this calorie burn increases to 15 calories per minute, meaning it would take nearly four hours to lose 1 pound. General swimming burns fewer calories, with a 125-pound person burning just 6 calories per minute -- a rate that would take nearly 10 hours to burn one pound of fat. A 185-pound person engaged in general swimming burns about 9 calories per minute, which means it would take nearly six and a half hours to lose 1 pound.
Exercise can help you lose weight, but it needs to be combined with a proper diet to be effective. If you down high-calorie sports drinks between laps or go out for post-game beers with your basketball teammates, you may undo the benefit of your exercise. For safe weight loss, create a daily deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories from extra exercise and by cutting your calories. Talk to your health care provider for detailed recommendations specific to your needs.
- Jemal Countess/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images