I don't think exercise as we think of it.. the gym, is necessary. It is not needed to lose weight on low carb.
However Atkins devoted an entire chapter to it in DANDR. You should want to be active. Exercise in the form of sports is fun.Your muscles need to be moved, and it makes you feel better. I hate walking an hour a day at the gym during the winter, but love swimming, basketball, and frisbee in the summer. One of my Sparkfriends loves hula-hooping. Exercise has been made less fun as we age. The gym sucks , basically, but since we don't hunt down dinner on foot, we have to simulate it through exercise.
It is your choice to either do this in a gym, or through play. You do have to do exercise though. Just not for weight loss. The diet will help you lose the weight. Overexercise can even cause hunger, and be counterproductive. The right amount of exercise builds muscle though, and even if you eat the 200 calories you burned through extra food, you will burn more tomorrow from the extra lean muscle.
People use exercise incorrectly, in my opinion. It is not a weight loss method as in I burned 350 calories, in 10 days it adds up to a lb. I just eat more to make up the difference..lol. However, if I lost 5 lbs of muscle, my metabolism would slow. This is the focus of exercise. To keep lean muscle, and your metabolism high, and your body healthy.
So build muscle with exercise, and lose fat through diet, and in the middle, you will be lean, with a healthy body, and at an ideal weight for you. Try 3 sessions fo different forms of exercise, and build to an hour each. Instead of walking, maybe hike in the woods. An hour of soccer, or swimming, or volleyball, will be more fun, and you will stick with it.
In short, yes, you need to "workout", but not for the reason you think, or the way you think.
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Yes- our bodies need exercise for physical and mental health, not just for today but for our future. Do you need to exercise to lose weight? No, however, with no exercise you will be losing muscle mass as well as fat. Who wants that?
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In a word: no. However, there has been some research into a very interesting subject: the ability of a person to control their own behavior. And, as it turns out, having some exercise greatly improves out ability to do just that because when we exercise our brains are better able to absorb the food in our bodies. When we have well fed brains, we magically have the ability to stay on our diets!!! Its not just about insulin resistance (which is improved by cardiovascular exercise, which is why I started!) or the fact that it burns calories (it does!) or the fact that it relieves depression (I learned that tid bit from Dr. Oz several years ago, he said that 30 min. of daily exercise over a year was found to be more beneficial at relieving depression than antidepressant medication!!! without the weight gain side effects!). If you can do exercise, I highly recommend starting with an easy walking program (if you can do it.) and doing some light weight training and stretching. In total it might add up to just 30 minutes 3-4 times a week. For me, I try to get 5x/a week, because it really helps. But, in the beginning I started with just 15 minutes three times a week because I was healing from a broken bone in my foot.
Today I went for a hike outside, I was glad to be able to walk. I have a cousin that had a piece of her foot removed and she can no longer run. I guess I do it because I can.
Everyone should be doing some type of exercise geared toward their age, medical conditions, preferences, etc. whether they want to lose weight or not. It's part of a healthy lifestyle and prevents future medical problems. It helps with balance, flexibility, stamina, well-being, etc.
Edited by: MORTICIAADDAMS at: 3/30/2012 (09:29)
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I think we all need some kind of exercise "just because".. It doesn't have to be the super strenous type necessarily, but as they say, just move! I try and walk about 3 miles most days (weather permitting) and if it's too wet out, then I have a TM in the house, also a spin bike to ride and I try and do one or the other, if not both.
I don't do it so much for the weight loss, but because it makes me feel better and helps with my breathing too (I have copd) and need to keep the lungs as flexible as I can for my age.
And it just feels good... (at least once I'm out the door)...
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Everyone at some point will need to do exercise - regardless of the type or amount. We usually hit a stall point in our weight loss journey and we need to change things up to break it. Exercise would be one of them. And let's face it exercise has its benefits. I know for me personally I need it to keep me sane these days. The endorphins from the cardio helps keeps me from smacking the bejesus out of everyone some days.
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This is a subject that is near and dear to me. Yes, you can "lose weight" without exercise. But are you losing fat or are you losing lean body mass? You want to keep your lean body mass.
You did say you will keep going to the gym...GOOD FOR YOU. Exercise will be your friend on this journey. Find something you love. Exercise has numerous benefits, including lifting your mood. You will also gain muscle through exercise, especially strength training, but even walking will help you gain muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn all day long. Please do not rely on "diet" alone. It will make you C-R-A-A-A-Z-Y. I know from personal experience, as I started my fitness journey over 40 years ago. I tried everything: Fasting, Pritikin, "The Protein Diet" (scary), WW, NutriSystem, The Weight Loss Clinic, on and on. Aerobics, weight lifting, walking, swimming, Zumba (Yay!!).
I am not an expert, by any means, but I know more now than I knew even five years ago. EXERCISE IS KEY. For some of us, smart carbing is also a very important piece of the puzzle. Fiber is huge. Moderation is a tough one to learn, but that should be your ultimate goal. Emotional eating is also a tough one to conquer, but it is well worth it. Meditation helps.
Didn't mean to write a book! I hope this helps. Good luck on your journey.
Edited by: DESERT_BIRD at: 3/29/2012 (22:45)
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So I am starting on my Atkins/low carb diet, I'm really excited but I have a question. I did order a couple of books on the topic but from what I've heard, I don't need to exercise to lose weight on this diet. I think I'm going to keep going to the gym for my own strength and to keep fit but, is it true??
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