Losing weight by exercise alone is tough. It can be done, but for most of us it requires an awful lot of hours a day and/or very high intensity workouts. Exercise is valuable for our health and helps when combined with diet, but in most cases weight loss will be very slow.
Even with your limited food choices, you can still 'diet' (*I don't like the word) by eating the right quantities and going for as much variety, especially in the vegetables, as you can. If you have certain foods or recipes that you often make, figure out the calories in a serving and track everything on this site.
I agree that consulting with a dietician who understands your limitations would be helpful.
Have you met with a registered dietitian? If your diet is extremely limited, it's important to be sure you're getting all of the nutrients you need on a daily basis. An RD can help with that, and your doctor should be able to give you a referral to see one.
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2/25/14 8:37 A
Yes they are and I get frustrated at times, especially when I prepare a bowl of fresh fruit for my son. The smell and colour of the fruit is divine. I'm so tempted but I know if I have a piece I will regret it.
Thank you all for replying. From your answers I have learned that I must count my daily intake of calories. Foods I cant tolerate apples, grapes, etc. all kinds of fruit. Peppers and spices, brown bread, cheese, I think it is just easier to list what I can eat, bread ( it has to be white ) I bake my own, potatoes, carrots, peas, beans, meat, fish, oven chips, eggs.
It's definitely easier to cut calories from what we eat than it is to exercise enough to create the same deficit. Burning 600 calories through exercise would either take a while each day (at least an hour) and/or require exercising at a high intensity level. Even just lowering how much you eat and not changing what would probably be easier.
And what are the safe foods you are talking about?
How many calories are you consuming a day?
Most people say that "You can't out exercise a bad diet". I don't know.
If, say, your range to lose weight was 1,200 - 1,500 calories per day, and you ate 2,000 per day...yet burned off 600 purely by exercise (not just everyday motion - real exercise, like aerobics or jogging or cycling), leaving 1,400...that would produce a loss, yes?
The best exercise in the world is to bend down and help someone up.
The info I've seen about exercise is that it is a great toner, a great method for increased cardiovascular health, and good for your overall mental outlook. Right beside those benefits stand statements that it isn't particularly useful as a weight-loss tool.
I've lost quite a lot of weight, and I'm *unable* to do any exercise. I mean, any. I'm in a powerchair. My weight reduction has been purely dietary.
The "common wisdom" will promote the impossibility of that method. But I can't accept "wisdom" that doesn't work.
Perhaps you can make it work for you. Good luck!
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2/24/14 9:58 A
I cant tolerate what is known as healthy foods because of the acid content, after years of suffering and medication, I now know what my safe foods are. My question is, can I lose weight by exercising alone.
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