Jogging can help you keep your belly trim.
Jogging is an effective cardiovascular exercise that can benefit your general health. No exercise will magically shed weight specifically from your belly, but jogging can help you lose weight in general. Even a short jog of 20 minutes can do your body good if you make it a part of your regular routine. If you're new to jogging or exercise, be sure to get your doctor's OK prior to hitting the pavement or treadmill.
Spot Reduction -- The Truth
When you lose weight, you can't control where your body burns fat on your body. You may lose weight primarily from your belly, but you might find that it's a stubborn spot that's the last to lose weight. But if you continually lose weight you will lose fat off your belly and the rest of your body, eventually. Be patient with your weight loss and don't expect it to target a specific part of your body.
Weighing Calorie Burn
To lose a single pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you consume. For a 130-pound person this would mean jogging for a total of 500 minutes over time. A 160-pound person would need to run less, but would still need to jog for more than 400 minutes to lose a single pound. Even a 190-pound jogger would need to put in plenty of time, at about 350 minutes of exercise.
Boundaries of the 20-Minute Jog
A 20-minute jog won't be a big calorie burner, but it is a start. A 130-pound jogger burns about 138 calories in 20 minutes, meaning it would take more than 25 workouts to lose a pound of fat. A 160-pound person can expect her calorie burn to increase to about 170 calories in 20 minutes, taking more than 20 workouts to lose one pound . At 190-pounds, a person would burn around 201 calories in 20 minutes meaning she would lose about a pound of fat after more than 17 workouts.
Importance of Diet
Even though the number of calories burned during a 20-minute jog aren't highly impressive, you can give fat burning a big boost by adopting dietary changes. You won't lose any weight from your belly or elsewhere unless you keep your diet in check. For safe weight loss, create a calorie deficit by cutting back your food intake in conjunction with adopting a 20-minute jogging routine. By combining both, you can feasibly reduce your calories by 500 to 1,000 per day -- enough to yield weight loss in the range of 1 to 2 pounds per week.
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