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Exercise vs. Nutrition

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I've been on vacation for 2 weeks; a "staycation" more than anything. I was out of my normal routine and going through a bit of a stressful situation, so I knew I would probably indulge more than I should. Whether I should have fought the urge to snack, esp. at night is a whole other ballgame. I decided to conduct a bit of an experiment with my Spark program.

I normally do cardio 5 or 6 times a week: Curves, eliiptical, walking, or biking, along with strength training: upper body weights and core exercises. I allot a half hour per session, more or less, and burn from 250 to 500 calories.

So, over the past 2 weeks, I turned up the cardio. I started 3 or 4 mornings a week with a brisk walk and did Curves in the afternoon or I extended my time on the elliptical/bike. I often burned 700 calories/day, over 4000/week last week!

I normally eat 1700 calories/day, but averaged over 1900 calories/day for 2 weeks. I normally have a calorie differential of -500 calories/day, but had a larger differential over the past 2 weeks, sometimes -1000 calories/day.

So, you would think the weight would have fallen off me.

But it didn't. I have been losing 1 to 2 pounds a week since Easter and in the past 3 weeks, I only lost 3 pounds.

Now, I'm pretty happy with the 3 pound result, considering my food choices were not always the wisest, most nutritional ones, esp. after supper. But I conclude that NUTRITION is more important than EXERCISE. I think what we eat is greater than 70% of this battle and it's more important to eat healthy than to indulge & then try to burn it off later. At least that's what my little experiment proved.

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    I think you're on to something! Exercise is critical to overall health (did *I* just say that?!?) but toying with the numbers game for weight loss by trying to burn off your indulges is probably not worth it long term. That's not to say I won't "allow" my boyfriend to get pizza under the condition that we take a walk afterward. But overall, I too have found it best to eat as healthfully as possible and maintain fairly consistent exercise -- not try to play one against the other. emoticon

    Nice work with the latest 3 pounds, though! Changing up my program is often a surefire way to screw myself all up. emoticon
    2249 days ago
    Yes, back to a regular routine. Long day today, but not bad.
    2249 days ago
    Well, well, well--you finished out the experiment. Good for you! Thanks for documenting your results. This is very helpful in explaining my summer. Are you back to work tomorrow? Will you be back into your regular routine? I won't be back at it until Wednesday and I must admit, I'm very much looking forward to focussing on the nutrition. I crave vegetables and haven't been getting near enough.

    Congratulations on the 3 pound loss this month, Gator. emoticon
    2250 days ago
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