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03 Oct 2006

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would 20-30 min of serious swimming a day ( 5 days a week) be enough of a workout to ensure toning and loss of centimetres, provided that a balanced diet is followed?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi MBBM

It depends on what 'balanced diet' means. A balanced diet could be one where you eat the right ratios of all foods, but still eat twice as much as your body needs. If that happens, then no exercise will cause weight loss. However, if you are eating sensibly, taking in fewer calories than you are burning during the course of the day, then adding swimming is very good, because the exercise drives up the energy you need. So I would suggest you check out the diet as a top priority, but as far as exercise goes, yes, swimming is very effective if you do it every day as you suggest. The only change I would suggest is that you increase the duration - 20 minutes is very short. 30 is OK, but 45 minutes is really the best target to aim for.

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