US News and World Report published an article a few years ago about how one's diet affected weight loss much more than the amount of exercise. I wrote a letter to the editor because I thought it gave a dismal picture of exercise and wasn't very encouraging to those of us who worked so hard to do it! Now, a few years later, I have FINALLY realized that all of your 8 cold hard truths (and their 1 cold hard truth) are exactly right! I have dwelled on that US News article for a long time and finally decided to put it to the test a few months ago. This is the first time I've had success in losing weight (since having kids) ---- with a combination of hard work exercising and strength training (which is even harder for me) and eating a sensible diet. Thanks for your article. I AGREE!
6/13/2012 10:43:51 AM
I understand alot of this article but some of it could be very discouraging for some people. I for one exercise at least 5 days a week but due to other issues I don't do some things and I watch my food intake because I want to be healthy. I am loosing weight very slowly but loosing none the less. If I was just starting out and read this article I would probably not feel so good about what I am doing.
6/13/2012 10:39:50 AM
great article, inspired me to do something different today!
I agree with 90% of this article. A couple finer points though. If you strength train, cardio is not mandatory for losing weight. Don't get me wrong, you can burn a whole lot of calories doing cardio, but I've lost the bulk of my 80+ pounds with just diet and lifting weights. Also, lifting heavier, even if performing the same movements, prevents muscles from becoming conditioned, even over months. That said, not everyone can just lift and diet for the long haul, so the most important advice given here is to do what you enjoy enough to stick with.
This article is a debbie downer, but also the TRUTH lol. This is why I have to enjoy my workouts. I can't do anything that I don't sincerely love to do. Otherwise, I have no motivation to exercise.
6/13/2012 10:12:16 AM
Thanks for this article! It's a great reminder that exercise is work and that you have to eat less and exercise more or at greater intensity as you lose weight. I just did the math for my daily 55 minute walks and see they only add up to losing 2.57 pounds a month! Clearly it's going to be essential for me to also cut my calories if I want to lose more.
Love this very honest article. I needed reminding of some of these truths. Thanks, Coach Nicole.
6/13/2012 9:04:10 AM
Thank you. Excellent article. This is what I love about SparkPeople, all of the information that I got nowhere else. Including WW!! People ask me how I lost so much weight, and I feel really good telling them,"SparkPeople!"
This is the kind of stuff I love to learn about. I just started weight training a week ago (with a trainer) and I really appreciated reading this article today. I work in front of a computer, so it's going to make me much more aware of how long I sit all day.
This was difficult to read because it blew so many of my beliefs and practices out the water. Great article! Tough to swallow!
6/13/2012 8:22:52 AM
YEs, add one more, a bit of encouragement. The last hard truth:
GOOD THINGS ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. Are you not worth it? Are you not doing all of this, watching what you eat, walking the dog, parking further away, lifting weights, etc., to improve your health. All that you do is NOT to leave a good looking corpse, you do it because you feel good about yourself and you love those around you who deserve to have you in there lives.
6/13/2012 8:03:13 AM
That article was an eye opener...... My husband & I go for a brisk walk every morning for 1\2 an hour. Is that enough to burn some calories? Do household chores come under the category of exercise? How can a house wife exercise the whole day? Plz do let me know.
These are ALL hard truths to me. I don't LIKE to exercise, I WANT the brownie, I HATE getting sweaty, I WANT to be able to stop.....but I really LIKE looking better and feeling more energized and I WANT to be around for a long time.....so I get the hard truth and I will keep it up. Thank you to SparkPeople cause THIS SITE has made my transformation possible.
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