When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, details and numbers typically matter. For example, basic medical guidelines for weight loss are 2.5 hours of training or exercise per week. This has been in place for quite some time. New research from our friends in Canada states that results are dramatically improved when this number is increased to 5 hours per week. Anything more than this is unnecessary.

Additionally, being in “reduced calorie mode” is important. In other words, the output should be greater than the input. When it deficit, the body will utilize the stored fat as energy reserves and a person will thus, lose fat.

The type of exercise? This is where it gets a little tricky. If you are the proverbial “couch potato” or have been out of shape for a while, virtually ANY exercise will help. Additionally, over the course of about 60 days give or take, a person will show steady progress with their exercise plan. After 60 days is where the details come back into the picture. A person will then have to determine which type of program is ideal for their chemistry.

A big key? Change the program every couple of weeks. Never allow the body to adapt to the constant type of training.

Now if you are in decent shape and want to improve, the type of program makes a major difference.