I can work with tracking food, I just didn't want to get into buying foods and meals. Oddly I find that I eat less when I work out. My good behavior kicks in and I hate undoing my hard days work. I have purchased oatmeal and started eating breakfast, this has greatly diminished my midday snacking.
I agree with tracking your food along with the exercise. It may be psychological, but I also do find that I lose weight if I track, even if I don't get in as much exercise as I should. Give it a try for a week. It won't be easy, but it will good for you to gauge just how much you're eating. After that, you'll start looking towards eating the right foods in the right amount to fuel your body. It's a process, and you can do it.
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BKLYNDIVA, you really need to track what you are eating. I find that if I track, I am able to lose a pound or two even if I miss exercising. When I don't track, my wewight stays the same or I gain a pound or two. I didn't think I was eating that much until I started tracking.
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BKLYNDIVA, I think the problem you would run into is that if you're not closely monitoring and controlling the amount of food you eat, the body's natural tendency is to get hungrier and eat more when you exercise. Therefore your body will tend to cancel out the effects of the exercise by taking in more nutrition. Your plan would help you burn extra calories and lose some weight but only if you really are taking in fewer net calories than you are now--that means you should track what you eat normally, get a baseline, and make sure that you don't start eating more than that as you add exercise into your routine.
I'm editing to add that of course it would still be best to get a handle on the late-night junk food snacking instead of just trying to work around it. Could you start out by just replacing the junk food with healthier snacks like fruit, cut veggies, dry-roasted nuts, glasses of water, etc.?
I had tried NutraSystem back in the 80's to early 90's. I had to discontinue with the program, because it was just too, expensive to maintain. On the other hand, I have no problem putting in the exercise, but I still haven't found the 100% balance with eating. For some reason I keep finding myself falling back into old eating habits. I have my good and bad weeks.
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I am trying to shed about thirty pounds and all of my friends are telling me about various diets: Weight watchers, Nutrasystem etc. I have never been much of a dieter, started Weight watchers a year or so ago and then they switched the points, which screwed my up and I bailed. I did the Fat Smash Diet and loss 14 pounds, but I have put them back on. I know that my issue is late night snacking on junk food. I also travel often and struggle to keep on track.
So the question is can I accomplish significant weight loss eating normally and exercising vigorously? I am willing to put the time in at the gym but I am not sure it will work.
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