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.