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4/23/10 10:38 P

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I hear what you're saying - my appetite spikes about an hour or so after I take a long, fast walk.
But I think it is a question of degree. Women on the SP Half Marathon team talk about losing their appetites when they are training and getting to the longer runs/walks. So maybe it depends on how much and at what intensity.
The bottom line for me is that I have never been able to lose weight without exercise. And if exercising helps me to the keep it off once I've lost it, that's icing on the cake.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin


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4/23/10 2:21 P

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I am definitely one of the women mentioned in the article whose appetite increases after exercise: Not immediately - like "MUST HAVE CHEETOS NOW" after I get off the elliptical, but perhaps later that day, or the next day, I'll be unsatisfied by my "normal" amount of food at a certain meal and find myself wanting seconds, or a snack after dinner, etc. When I am NOT exercising (when work is busier, or lots of family commitments) I find I am not as hungry and it is easier to stick to my daily calorie budget.

So should I stop exercising, now that I acknowledge it is not a successful weight loss strategy, and may even be causing me to GAIN weight by revving up my appetite? I'm going to say a big "NO" to that, because I need exercise for more than just calorie burn. I need it for the endorphin release that helps regulate my brain chemistry.

"Do What You Love; the Money Will Follow." (That's the title of a book I love -- and I'm working on getting the gumption to believe it!)


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4/22/10 9:41 P

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Cool! It's nice seeing it in print! I have been wearing the body bugg for about a month and I've been noticing how much more I burn by just standing and doing dishes, etc. It's amazing because it doesn't feel that hard! I usually burn about 1 calorie a minute while sleeping or sitting but it's doubled by standing.

~ Susan

Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no results, one day a light in the exact proportion to them will flood the soul.
~Simone Weal


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4/21/10 9:41 P

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Thanks!

Perfect timing too, I have been feeling less motivated to exercise lately, and it is nice to have a reminder of the long-term benefits.



Mary

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
~Friedrich Nietzsche



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COFFEEDIVA's Photo COFFEEDIVA Posts: 745
4/21/10 6:31 P

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Thanks for the link. Did you read today's NY Times article about being fat is bad for the brain? All of this depressing news makes me want to quit reading the NY Times! (Kidding, mostly. . . ) If I can figure out how to do a link, I will add one.

"Do What You Love; the Money Will Follow." (That's the title of a book I love -- and I'm working on getting the gumption to believe it!)


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ANN5497's Photo ANN5497 Posts: 1,554
4/21/10 4:26 P

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Excellent NY Times article on how exercise really impacts our weight:
www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/magazine/
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