90% Diet, 10% Exercise?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Listened to one of my favorite podcasts today - The Brian and Jill Show - which is typically a lighthearted funny show having nothing to do with diet or nutrition. But today they had on a nutritionist and one of her comments was that Weight Loss is "90% What you Eat" and "10% Exercise", whereas Maintenance is "50% Food and 50% Exercise".
I am not sure what I think about that 90/10 statement. I know that it is probably true for me, because the exercise portion of Spark hasn't really kicked in for me. I AM more active...I do something at home for 10-15 minutes 2x per week, and walk more overall, with a long 'exercise' walk usually once a week. But I've been diligent about calories, and I have been losing fairly steadily.
Lately I've notice people blogging about their success or disappointment with certain diet programs like South Beach or stringent nutritional restrictions like no carbs or no processed foods. Those types of things won't work for me. I've tried a few in the past, never stuck with it. It's silly to me something so basic as counting calories is bringing on the best, most satisfying weight loss ever, but there ya go. I feel like slapping my forehead and exclaiming "DOH!" Homer style.
But, I truly believe a huge success factor is the social support here at Spark. I've NEVER done any group stuff. Even at Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem. It was too personal. Too Embarrassing. The Pseudo-Anonymity of being able to vent, share, congratulate, encourage...that's really kept the enthusiasm going.
So I guess my percentage would actually be 60% Diet, 35% SparkFriend and 5% Exercise! Thanks Spark Friends!