An important component of any diet is cardio exercise for weight loss.
“Cardio,” short for cardiovascular, is a term used to encompass aerobic training, which increases the function of the heart, lungs, and circulatory system.
To keep it simple, "aerobic" means with oxygen, so activities that require a great deal of oxygen are considered aerobic. As long as you are breathing regularly, your workout is aerobic. You've probably heard of the term "anaerobic." Anaerobic means without oxygen, so when you are gasping for breath, your workout turned anaerobic.
Cardiovascular activity is an excellent way to burn maximum calories and trim fat.
It is even possible to raise your resting metabolism if these activities are performed on a regular basis and at an intensity level that is challenging.
Of course the great benefit of a higher functioning metabolism is that it will be easier to maintain weight.
Another advantage of an intense workout is that it can affect hormonal levels by releasing endorphins, which help combat feelings of depression and fatigue. Many people experience what is often referred to as a “runner’s high!” I've never personally experienced such a thing, but I do get a different kind of "high" when I work out intensely. It's the high from knowing that I did something good for myself, and knowing that I am done for the day!
Speaking of "cardio exercise for weight loss" and "intense workout", have you ever considered training for a triathlon for weight loss motivation? There are many different levels of triathlons, so find one a little above your level of fitness and challenge yourself!
Additional benefits attributed to cardio workouts: