Michael Mosley shares two things to do every morning for weight loss

Diet guru Dr Michael Mosley is best known for his 5:2 diet which aides with weight loss. He has also shared two easy morning exercises that can help you lose weight

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Michael Mosley believes a combination of diet and exercise is needed for weight loss

Dr Michael Mosley is most popular for his array of dieting tips, however he has also spoken of the importance of combining diet with exercise for weight loss on a recent appearance.

On one of his regular features on This Morning, the diet guru said: “I don’t think exercise alone is going to help you lose weight but it improves your mood if nothing else. The data suggests if you combine it [diet] with exercise that’s a great way [to lose weight].”

However, he warned that when we’re trying to lose weight, we need to focus on losing fat and not muscle, saying that “that was the danger of going on a really low calorie, low protein diet.”

Instead, he recommended that we consume “at least 50g of good quality protein a day,” in order to preserve our muscle.

Another way to build muscles as well as your overall health is to practice a regular exercise routine. Here are the two exercises that Dr Mosley asks us to try.

What two exercises help us lose weight?

Few minutes of resistance exercises like press ups each day builds muscle and helps brain function according to Mosley


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Dr Michael Mosley recommends doing press ups and squats in order to hit your weight loss goals. These exercises can be conveniently done in any part of your home or outside, making it something we can easily add to our exercise routine.

He said: “We all know aerobic exercises like running, walking, swimming, cycling is good for your heart and lungs. On top of that, there is just one thing I recommend you add to your daily routine; resistance exercise like press ups.”

The diet expert explained that there’s new research which has found that strength workouts and just a few minutes of resistance exercises like press ups each day, improves not just your muscles but brain function as well.

How can press ups and squats help you lose weight?

While press ups are a low-cost work-out method to build your upper body strength, squats are thought to be great for your mental strengthening.

Dr Mosley explained: “Not only do press ups keep you toned, but there is evidence resistance training can improve your sleep, adding that squats are “one of the best exercises around for improving your brain function in surprising ways.”

When should we do squats and press ups for the best results?

Press ups and squats are effective and easy to do without any equipment


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It’s always a good idea to do the press ups and squats first thing in the morning, according to Michael Mosley.

Speaking of his own exercise routine he said: “I try to do 40 press ups most days. I do them [press ups and squats] first thing when I get out of bed,” adding “They give you a full body workout, help your heart, and may even boost your brainpower.”

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