My fitness trainer told me that weight loss is 75% what you eat and 25% what you do. So if you want to lose weight the majority of the weight loss will be controlling what you eat. Exercise will help you loose weight but if your putting in more than your exerting out then you have a problem. You need both to succeed. The article is right that exercise alone wont get you where you need to be if you your eating too much in calories. It should read why exercise alone will not make you thin.
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LOL - Yes, I can see that being their next article, JANTWO.
I agree with the comments about this causing some controversy and discussion. That's generally a good thing. Just have to hope that people use their heads when deciding what their personal nutrition and fitness routines combination will be. This is what I think SparkPeople does a very good job of at..helping us to find and appreciate the balance.
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SASSERFRASS, I pretty much had the same reaction as you...
stupid article with an even worse headline
Basically the writer is showing (with evidence) that exercise alone won't make you thin because people often consume calories that cancels out the exercise. But the write then goes to say that because of this, exercise is a worthless weight loss tool in ALL cases. This is poor and lazy journalism (if you can call it that). I'm surprised that this got past an editor (but then again, it is Time mag which can be pretty 'thin' in more ways than one).
Assuming a person is healthy (ie no medical issues that affect their metabolism), anyone can lose weight provided they create a calorie deficit (ie you burn more calories than you eat). This can be done with exercise alone or diet alone. However, things work best if you can combine them to create the complete picture.
Now, what I do appreciate about the article is that's there's some tough love for people who exercise and don't lose weight because they eat too many calories. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that they aren't losing weight and when you get into details you find that they're having 2500+ calorie days. This people from the outset eat healthy with light dinners and light lunches but then destroy everything else with 600 calorie goodies from Starbucks, Jamba Juice, etc.
Another thing I like about the article is that there's people talking about this topic. Hopefully, people will pick up on the nutritional angle and really explore the issue in a meaningful way and not use it to as a cop out.
Edited by: SOHOJOSE at: 8/20/2009 (18:10)
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Fitness Minutes: (22,497) Posts: 129 8/20/09 5:39 P
So what do you all think? Is the author's point on the mark, totally wacko or somewhere in between?
I do agree with much of what he says, but don't agree with the headline or the spin he put on it.
The fact is that, yes, we do need to get moving more. And yes, we do need to value moderate 'everyday' exercise a lot more than we do.
I don't have cable tv, so I've never seen any of the 'Biggest Loser' shows but I get the impression that the participants exercise pretty hard core.
I have some concerns about people who are significantly overweight thinking that's what they need to do. Especially without competent supervision by a trained professional.
I think most fitness programs and fitness professionals have no idea how to factor an extra 100+lbs into a person's prescribed workout intensity.
I've had intense discussions with fitness fanatic friends, some of whom are personal trainers about this. They complain at how 'whiny' some of their overweight clients are about how hard box jumps, squats and jumping jacks are.
I've challenged them to try their regular workouts with one of their kids on their backs or a weighted vest with even 50lbs on it.
So far no one's taken me up on it. And they still refuse to get how much more difficult it is for these people.
So yeah, the hard core fitness mentality has got to go. Unless that's your thing AND you know what you're doing.
My concern is that people will just use the headline as an excuse to not exercise. And that's bad.
People need to wrap their minds around the fact that exercise has specific benefits to the body of which weight loss is a small part. Yeah it's really, really, important, but if you're losing weight, you're going to be able to create a much more effective calorie deficit with your diet.
Oh well. I guess 'Time' got what they wanted. The headline is controversial. People are talking about it and reading it.
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