Many have taken up swimming as the exercise to lose weight. When we swim, most of our muscles are working and we have a full body workout. It is definitely a good cardiovascular exercise for hearts and lungs. The buoyancy provided by the water makes exercising easier if you have joint or balance problems.
Unfortunately, a research published by University of Florida has claimed that swimming may make people gain weight without the controlled diet. Source. Swimmers, who swim in cool temperature water, feel more hungry compared to runners or cyclists who usually experience increase in body temperature during the training sessions. Because of this, swimmer tend to eat large meal or drink sugar laden drink after their swim. So, when they eat more, they may not lose weight. Worse, their weight may go up. The research concludes that people who rely on aquatic exercise may not lose as much weight as people who work out on a treadmill or bike.
The researchers believed that body temperature might influence post-exercise appetite. Jogging under hot weather may help to suppress appetite yet burning equal amount of calories as in swimming.
I am not saying swimming is not good for losing body fat, but controlling what you eat after the exercise is important too. It is not the exercise itself that causes the problem, rather it is the increased eating after the exercise that causes the issue.
So, we know the cause and it is easier to fix it then.
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