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andymark25415 04-09-2014 01:10 PM

Is swimming really help to loss weight?
Hello everyone this is my first time in this forum and i want to know that Is swimming really help to loss weight fast?

nbaffaro 04-18-2014 02:31 PM

I'm new to the forum but not to fitness and nutrition.

Swimming can help with weight loss and provides an alternative to other cardiovascular exercises such as running, aerobics, and biking.

However, swimming is a skill that needs to be practiced and honed each and every time you get in the pool. Most of us know how to run, jump, twist, turn, and bike. But, the skill of swimming is not something every one has. But, is something that everyone should learn.

You will find that by adding swimming to your exercise routine that you will burn additional calories. As with any exercise you should try to spend at least 20 minutes actively swimming. I would shoot for more time than that 30min +.

However, there is something that you need to very well aware of. You cannot out run a fork. Weight loss is a very personal thing that means different things to different people. If you want to lose weight that is going to stay off you really need to look at your diet. Weight loss, for most, is a simple equation. Calories in < Calories out. The best way to figure out exactly what you are eating is to keep and honest journal. There are many ways to do this. There are even great phone apps that can keep up with it for you. I personally like myfitnesspal. I am sure others will chime in with what they do as well.

I am sure there are plenty of folks on here who know a thing or to about swimming for health and weight loss. Post up where you are currently and what your goals are. That should give us something to help get you started.

CoachDavidShen 05-26-2014 05:24 PM

in my experience with weight loss, the first thing that everyone must fix is their nutrition. if you do not, then exercise may have zero effect on your weight problem.

that's not to say that applies equally to everyone in every situation. for some genetically inclined, a little bit of activity can shed the last bit of unwanted pounds. for others (most I would say), exercising won't make the slightest dent in your weight no matter what you do. Or, you'll find that you need to take exercise to the extreme in order to shed a few pounds which is most likely not suitable for most people (ie. ironman race training).

the biggest issue out there for modern society in terms of nutrition is processed sugars and carbs and the craving for it that is often present after years of consuming. you remove those and you will lose unwanted weight for sure. add in exercise and it will accelerate the process.

johnford 08-31-2014 10:26 AM

Agree with Coach. No amount of exercise, swimming or anything else, will reduce weight unless you take care of what you eat. Keep stuffing yourself with sugar loaded carbs will just make you heavier and hungrier.

Shepster 01-15-2015 10:16 AM


Originally Posted by andrewuza (Post 47303)
Swimming does work, and is very good for toning up. But to lose weight you have to really exert yourself, you can't do the gentle, slow up and down that you see some of the more mature swimmers doing.

You have to get to the point where you're breathless.

I second this opinion. Swimming is great and very healthy and beneficial but it's more about toning and shaping up than losing weight. It shouldn't be the only thing you do if you expect stunning results. Also: the diet or change of your eating style - that is the key.

AndrewLRose 03-13-2015 10:39 AM


Originally Posted by andymark25415 (Post 45902)
Hello everyone this is my first time in this forum and i want to know that Is swimming really help to loss weight fast?

It's very helpful to loss weight if you swim regularly. Besides, it's better for you to combine this with some other activities such as running or cycling. You will get healthier.

bogger 03-21-2015 03:12 AM

It's very helpful!I'm swim for 5,6 years.and i'm not fat.:)

sclim 03-22-2015 04:39 AM

Just my 2c: I'm more on the side of those who say you can't out-run a fork (I love that). If that's true, then it's even more true that you can't out-swim a fork!

For those who advocate swimming as a weigh loss method, citing the caloric cost of swimming, I would advise that while in theory, any small caloric cost will help, to be truly effective, the caloric cost of the activity has to be significant.

One detriment that must be considered is that TI is all about efficiency. If you are an excellent TI student, then your swimming is smooth and waste-free, or, in other words not very conducive to weight loss. The only way for an efficient swimmer who is swimming at a level nowhere near his top speed to burn large amounts of calories is to swim long hours to make up the deficit due to low number of calories per hour of swimming. This would generally only apply to serious or competitive swimmers, although the latter group would be burning more calories per minute because they are training at fast speeds as well as huge distances daily.

Some evidence that this is true is the fact that in my pool (and I'm sure this is true at most other pools) there are significant numbers of individuals with varying levels of excess body fat who, nevertheless, swim quite well, and with respectable durations. This speaks to two facts -- firstly, excess body fat in itself does not impair the ability to swim well or even fast, and secondly, for these people at least, swimming has not been enough to removed the excess fat that we are observing now (although, to be fair, we have no insight as to whether that individual is in the process of successful weight loss or not).

In contrast, in groups of habitual distance runners, the incidence of individuals with residual excess body fat seems to be less, as is the degree of the excess. It is useful to remember that for an average person about 100 calories is burned per mile run (over and above the background metabolic burning of calories).

Working backwards to get calories per minute of running for runners of various speeds, even slow runners burn more calories per minute than most swimmers (I'm talking about non-competitive swimmers here).

kellylewis 09-18-2015 12:31 PM

Swimming is best option for losing weight as it burns calories and makes your body shape perfect .It is more beneficial for cardiovascular health benefits especially for old people .

jenson1a 09-18-2015 07:37 PM

Just to add my 2 cts--I agree with sclim and CoachDave.

From my experience before I even heard of TI, I was carrying about 15 lbs too many. Five days at the gym did nothing to alleviate my excess lbs. I then decided to swim laps for extra exercise. The community I then lived at had a 25m lap pool and was right down the street from me. I swam continuously for almost an hour +, every other day. Total lengths were anywhere from 64 to 75. My form was horrible, my back muscles ached all the time, but I did lose weight.

Now if you truly follow TI, you will do less muscle power and more brain power. You won't lose weight, but you will be a better swimmer.

Choice is up to you.


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