Diet, Exercise or Both?
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I talk to people everywhere I go and I find so often the conversation turns to health and weight loss. There may be a comment about someone on a magazine or a story about a friend or even (and most likely) a personal experience. What I have found though with each new conversation is a varying response about how the attempt was carried out and what the best method is for getting results. The one consistency though is that is you don't do anything you won't lose any weight.
So my question is should a person just go on a diet or just do exercise or do both? What has worked for you and what would you suggest? Oh and don't forget to tell me why. Thanks in advance for all your comments. I look forward to chatting.
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Hi RUNGRL2013! Sooooo glad you could benefit from the comments made here.
Be sure to check out some of the cool articles in the SP library and maybe even google "metabolism". Running is an awesome way to exercise and I know you will truly enjoy getting back to it. Please keep in touch so we can celebrate your wins!!!
1433 days ago
Thanks for this blog, learned a lot form the replies. I myself love to exercise:/, but while there are so many changes to how my clothes fit, my fitness level, how I look, etc, the scale is not playing fair .
13610511's reply gave me insight--I think I should make my eating a priority. Good luck on all your journeys!.
1435 days ago
Hey Paige! That is an awesome perspective. Finding a healthy normal! That was really hard for me to do at first but with almost a full year of practice under my belt I surprise myself with the healthy cravings I'm having. Just yesterday I passed on a double chocolate brownie and had a garden salad with red wine vinegarette instead! We must celebrate the little victories.
However for those who are still struggling I hope this provides at least a glimmer of hope that your patience and persistence will pay off in the end!
Keep fanning the flame!
1436 days ago
It needs to be a combination of a change in eating habits and exercise. Dieting is usually a temporary deprivation of certain foods or quantities of foods, resuming "normal" eating after losing a certain amount of weight. I've learned that I need to change my eating habits for good and not deprive myself. However, in making exercising a habit, I find that I choose to eat healthy foods and do not feel deprived. Good luck on your healthful journey!
1436 days ago
Thank you Ladies !!! I love all of your answers! There seems to be a consensus here that watching what you eat should come before exercising which I too have learned from experience.
For me it only seemed to make sense that I would change my diet and get off the junk to lose the extra fat. I didn't do too much exercise initially because it was tiring but also because I didn't want to risk turning that fat into muscle and keeping the weight. So after losing a reasonable amount of weight first from improving my eating habits I then added sensible exercise to tone up and stay fit.
I've found that many people have figured this out after trying and failing on their own after nearly killing themselves with exercise and starvation with no results. It's hard work because it takes discipline along with trial and error to set in strong new healthy habits but definitely is doable.
Let's keep in touch! I'd love to celebrate your continued progress with you.
1436 days ago
The thought and the idea of 'dieting' need to erased from your mind.
For anyone, the focus needs to be on a healthy lifestyle.
That means eating better foods in manageable quantities.
Less processed junk (Frankenfoods!) and less sugar.
It is all about finding a balance that works for you.
Everyone needs to be incorporating exercise into their day.
1436 days ago
I recommend both diet and exercise, but for different reasons. Diet will help lose weight and but for me is much more important to weight loss than exercise. Exercise is very important for many other reasons, and it does help burn calories, but the benefits go well beyond weight loss.
I have had long periods where I exercised a lot, improved my fitness, and but did not lose much weight, even though I was watching my calories but probably not consistent enough. I have done this many times over my life, increase exercise and decrease calories, and SLOWLY, SLOWLY lose some weight.
Than I had to have hip surgery and was not able to exercise. On crutches for 7 weeks and restricted activity after that for months. I did not want to gain weight while recovering, so I knew I had to carefully watch and count every calorie. I reduced my calories, making sure I had extra protein in my daily calories, and I actually lost more weight during that time than when I was exercising a lot.
It took me 7 months to lose 10 pounds before surgery with more focus on exercise, and 3 months to lose 12 pounds while recovering and focusing on the diet.
That was a big learning lesson for me.
So, my answer is BOTH, diet for weight loss and exercise for fitness.
1436 days ago
First and foremost, 'diet' (meaning the food you shovel into your mouth) is the most important.
Third, mix the two. :-)
The reasons - diet/food and plenty of water first.
You need good fuel to have optimal health. Just like you wouldn't put sand into your car's gas tank and expect it to run optimally, we shouldn't put bad fats, refined sugars, and junk into our systems and expect it to work well. I find when I eat healthier that my mood is better, I sleep better, my skin is clearer, and my time-of-month symptoms are practically non-existent. Note I still eat what I want (and some days aren't great, I admit), but overall I watch portion sizes and count calories. Thank goodness for that nutrition tracker!!! It works great when I don't ignore it.
Our bodies are not designed to be sedentary. For me (and I am a really good athlete...formerly) I have opted to begin with walking. Since the end of July I have been walking almost exclusively as my form of exercise. I have felt such a difference in this - my core is stronger, my knees are stronger, my hips and legs are stronger. I can be on my feet for a longer period of time without my body aching.
Third, mix the two.
Good diet and an energy burn with some sort of activity you can stick to will put you on the road to losing weight each week, and better yet, gets you on the right track for a healthy lifestyle you can stick with for the rest of this earthly life we are blessed with!
1436 days ago
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