Once I have a routine, exercise is easy (though I have a love/hate relationship with strength training). Food can be more of a temptation, though its gotten easier, because I still love all of the cheesy, greasy, sugary stuff that has made weight an issue most of my life.
For me, exercise is the easy side of the equation - I love it, I'm passionate about it. Food is harder because while I love to eat healthy, when left to my own devices (not calorie counting) I eat 200-300 extra calories/day. So to lose weight or maintain weight loss, I have to be really careful, and often hungry - and it's not something I love and am passionate about... it's kind of a strain sometimes....
But what and how much I eat is the key to a stable weight for me. Exercise is for health and enjoyment.
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980 10/7/13 7:35 A
I am not really a lover of excercise but I enjoy a daily walk and try to be moderately active. I know many people who spend many hours working out at a gym and they don't seem to understand why they don't lose weight and sometimes they even seem seem to gain.
I believe that for most people who have a propensity to overreat to the point they are overweight, unless they carefully monitor caloric intake, will use the activity to tell themselves: "I deserve this and have burned it all off." And they will compensate for all that was burned, and sometimes even more.
For me, the ONLY way to really control my weight is to monitor my caloric intake. If I specifically increase my activity, this may mean I could have 200 to 500 more calories a day, but most of us realize it is not hard to eat more than 200 to 500 calories if you are not paying attention. For a person who really rarely overeats and a few pounds have creeped on over years, exercise alone might do the trick for them, but for most of us, it won't.
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1,194 10/6/13 11:31 P
Exercising is much more difficult because there are so many things to do during the day. I have to make an effort to eat throughout the day, its so easy to forget to eat, when you are busy.
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394 10/6/13 10:24 P
Controlling the caloric intake is much harder for me. I have always liked exercise and being active, but eating too much has always been a problem. For me, it's pretty much portion control. I have been working at stopping eating when I'm just under that full feeling, but it doesn't always work, like today, for example. I went over my daily limit for calories for the first time in months. I didn't eat anything particularly unhealthy, but I just overdid it. Fortunately, I did a really rigorous treadmill session, so the day wasn't a total loss. :D.
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4,139 10/6/13 6:59 P
What you are asking is the whole reason dieting, weight issues is a billion dollar business. Some things work well, and then they don't work, so a person tries something else, more exercise, different shoes, this diet, that diet, starving, semi starving, vegetarian, vegan, than suddenly eating lots of protein, counting calories, counting points, sitting there fooling with spread sheets, buying book after book, staring at photos of celebs, and dreaming. We are all looking for MAGIC, and there is no such thing. Each person has to eat less and move more, whatever that means to each one of us, and as we grow older, it changes. Those foods that tempt us, also keep us comfortable and happy, so that makes it harder. We are human, just do the best you can, but quit spending money looking for something that isn't there. I'm almost 67, been there and done that....
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1,724 10/6/13 6:38 P
I don't really like exercising and I really like eating! So for me, I have to track and have to make myself exercise. Maintenance is hard! I'm trying to figure out the whole how much to eat and exercise to be where I am now. Intuitive eating doesn't work for me. I really do want/need those cookies! I want to eat more on some days, and for some reason I really want carbs.
I have figured out a few things like don't get really hungry, eat on a regular basis. Eat high quality foods, no fast food or overly processed foods. I crave carbs less if I eat a lot of protein.
Other than that, it's a struggle.
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562 10/6/13 6:25 P
For me, they go hand in hand. The exercise is what motivates me to keep my eating in check, because I don't want to "undo" what I did by working out. But both are hard for me, I'm not going to lie. Sometimes I just want to sit around and eat french fries and milkshakes and baked goods. And I have rheumatoid arthritis, which can make exercise a challenge. So it's not easy.
But then I look in the mirror and I think maybe it's worth it. :)
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683 10/6/13 6:22 P
For me controlling calories is a problem. I enjoy exercising, well, I enjoy cardio better but I still do my strength training. I am at a point now, where what I eat is the biggest problem. I have been making small changes for awhile. When my living situation changes, the way I eat will change for the better (meaning there will be fewer temptations to eat things I don't need).
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1,299 10/6/13 5:24 P
ARCHIMEDESII: Well-stated! Also, for me, the only time I lose or maintain is with accurate record-keeping. I use to (for around 3 - 4 years keep very accurate spreadsheets with weigh-ins, calories consumed, and calories burned). The last few months I have been trying intuitive eating. For all of the ones who can maintain or lose doing it intuitively, great! I keep thinking it will work for me, but it isn't and hasn't all year.
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2,489 10/6/13 5:11 P
Thanks for the compliment AlbertJon. It's nice to hear after my episode last night.
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Exercise has never been an issue for me. I've always enjoyed being active. What took a long time to learn was portion control. I'll admit it. I like to eat. In past, I would have used exercise as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. Like many people, I once believed that as long as I was active, I didn't have to worry about what I ate.
Well, it's taken a long time, but I've learned that what I eat as well as how much I eat really does matter. If you want to get rid of that belly, it's not the exercise that will do it. It's good nutrition and portion control. I learned this the hard way, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. you really do have to watch what you eat.
which can be a problem for me. Even though I've taken the weight off and managed to keep it off, I still need to watch what I eat. I still need to watch my portions. Which is something I don't always do. On the plus side, I am much more mindful today of my portions than I was in part.
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1,888 10/6/13 3:49 P
strength training, but by golly I'm doing it.
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1,299 10/6/13 3:17 P
BLUENOSE63: That's definitely good advice. I've been doing that for quite some time. I've had 3 exams the last few years from health-wellness doctors. I have a pretty good idea of my BMI and BMR, and I spend quite a bit of time analyzing my calorie needs and burn.
My problem is that once I got a full-time job in my early 20's, from that point until I reached around 60, I ate as much as I wanted, as often as I wanted, and whatever (if I could find it) I wanted. Regardless of what "diet" I might choose (Adkins, Vegetarian, High-Protein, Low-Carb, Paleo, just eating healthy diet, etc, etc), I will always have a desire to eat more calories than I consume.
JENNILACEY: I have to say that whatever you are doing, it surely worked/is working. I admire how fit you are and your will-power to stay that way.
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2,489 10/6/13 12:16 P
When I first started with Spark I had no trouble controlling my calorie intake and it was exercise/activity where I really had drag my butt.
Ever since I started bouncing around maintenance exercise/activity is my forte. My planned exercise is usually around 1.5-2 hrs 6 days a week. On top of that we do a lot of hiking as a family, about 1-2.5 hrs 3x a week. I'm usually puttering around the house (cleaning, cooking, gardening, etc.) about 4-6 hours a day.
It's calories that have became out of control! It started with crazy binge eating as I approached maintenance. I was eating everything in sight! It took a few months of eating more but I finally balanced out for the most part. Now it seems that I tend to have 1 day a week where I eat quite a bit but it's usually a conscience decision, usually... last night was not. I actually had my first binge in probably two months. :( A bit depressed over it.
I have no clue how I managed to eat only 1400 cals, let alone 1200 cals at times while I was losing weight! I find now if I don't eat around 1600-1700 cals I find myself starving. I'm sure it has to do with my increased activity. I'm also trying to shed a bit of stubborn belly fat and am just inches from my goal weight again. Argh, so sick of calorie deficits! The BED I suddenly developed while approaching my goal weight the first time around really threw a wrench in my wheel. I will be thrilled to be back around my GW and start eating enough to keep my body happy.
It's easier for me to watch what I eat...harder to exercise more than 1 hour a day. I'm not as physical as I once was and I need to work on that.
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2,953 10/6/13 12:03 P
Since I went to a Sports Nutritionist last February, I have found it much easier to eat the amount of food my body requires for the amount of exercise that I do each day. I would recommend you go and see one as they will take your BMR - base metabolic rate which tells you how many calories you will need just for sedentary purposes etc.
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1,299 10/6/13 11:52 A
I'm curious about how others handle exercising on a regular basis and/or controlling calories consumed.
In my case, since late February I have had absolutely no problem averaging from one to four hours of exercising daily. My family marvels at that, particularly my children. I've had friends and neighbors remark about that, too. They ask, "How do you do it?"
However, I have not gotten and am not getting my desire to eat more calories than I am burning out of my system. My physical check-ups have gone well lately and my blood-work is fine, overall; but I am not getting rid of my "extra belly." For me, it is easy to exercise but difficult to not overeat.
How about you? Do you find both difficult? Both easy? Or do you find one (exercising more or eating less) easier than the other.
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