"But if I wanted to exercise, say, 500 cals a day, I would have to eat at least 1,800 cals."
-Not necessarily, you don't have to "eat back" what you burn. If you are overweight/obese, the safe amount to lose is 1-2 lbs per week or a -500 to -1000 cal deficit from the calories required to maintain your weight. ***As long as that doesn't cause you to go below 1200 cals. I personally don't even like the 1200 cal minimum because that is assuming the woman is eating nutrient dense foods and balanced food groups. I've also found in personal experience (as a woman who exercises) that whenever I dropped that low after 2-3 weeks my weight loss would stall out until I started eating more around 1400-1500 cals.
Why would you not be able to get out bed because of the weather? I'm not sure I understand... and just because you can't go outside, doesn't mean you can't exercise or stay active in the house. There are plenty of workout videos available here at Spark, you may find some on youtube, rent them from your local library or purchase your own. For activity, if you are stuck indoors you can clean, organize, cook, get up and walk or jog in place during commercial breaks while watching tv, etc. If there is a will, there is a way. Exercise and activity are not just about weight loss, it's about health! A sedentary life can lead to all sorts of health issues.
I don't like to look at exercise/activity for weight loss, it's about my health. How many calories I eat is related to whether I lose weight, maintain or gain weight.
I guess it depends on your current physical capabilities. You should consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program. It is always better to introduce exercise slowly when you are not used to it. This could be starting with 10-20 mins of cardio once a day or a few times a week and increasing the duration weekly in 10 minute increments.
I'm not quite sure how to answer your final question. I believe the best lifestyle would be the one *you* can see yourself living and maintaining for the long haul and beyond weight loss. Introducing exercise and more activity to your lifestyle should be a gradual process if you expect to be successful at maintaining these changes. You'll figure out what lifestyle suits you best through your own weight loss journey, it will be one that you are happy maintaining.
There are many factors that will affect how active an individual is and how much/intensely they exercise. I personally exercise at a higher fitness level and regularly and try to stay active during the day as well. I'm small but have to eat quite a high number of calories to both lose and maintain my weight. This is not necessarily a decision for "better results". I learned if I don't keep myself busy, I grow bored and I eat and suffer depression. I'm much happier when I stay busy. My mood improves and I have less aches/pains when I go for a hike rather than sitting and watching TV. I also have three young children and an active husband that keep me on the move. Exercising and weight lifting has become a hobby of mine, it makes me feel good, it helps me to be more physically fit and it keeps me healthy.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/14/2013 (07:05)
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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
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