The amount of exercise is definitely true, from my experience. When I was working on losing weight last year I was exercising, but only for about 30-40 minutes 5-6 times/week. At that time I averaged about .25-.5lbs. of weight loss per week. Now I am exercising 6-7 times/week and averaging 45-60 minutes each day. I'm now averaging 1.5lbs./week!
The diet ads really, really annoy me. Like the companies that market how easily you can lose weight eating their food, and show dramatic before and after pictures. I'm sure sticking to eating their foods isn't easy, and it's even tougher to adjust to eating "real" food again to keep the weight off!
wow this makes me realize that i def have to kick it up with the excercise. i notice in the past thats the only way i lost weight when i worked my ass off. when i stoped i gained it right back. Man i am goint o have to beat my body up cause i want this blubba off of me.
Excellent article that everyone should read though most won't want to accept. I think a point was missed on #4, though. If you eat more of a nutritionally dense food (dairy, for example) and are swapping that item into your regimen where a less healthful set of calories used to be, it is much better for you. BUT if you're just piling on extra calories in addition to what you're already eating, of course you can't expect to lose weight.
Great article overall and, though I hate to admit it because he drives me crazy with this stuff, my DH could have probably written it. If I show it to him, he's just going to say, "See...this is what I've been telling you all along...." LOL
I'm saving this article for sure! Finally someone tells the truth about how much exercise is required! I'm in maintenance, have been for 5 or 6 months, and I keep wondering why it's so hard to hold my success - I keep asking my doctor why I gain when I count what goes in faithfully, and do my 3 Xs a week workouts - thank goodness for the Bootcamp Team to get me back on track! Calories in vs calories out isn't quite as simple as it sounds, I've been finding I really have to hit the exercise more to "buy" more calories to eat - definitely NOT an even trade! Thanks!
Hit the nail on the head-I don't need to diet- I need to get my life back-once i get rid of the bad eating habits and do more physically-all else should fall into place. this may be highly oversimplified, but i'm not going to nickel and dime this to death. this will be part of my mission statement-it is not a diet-it is my life!
Very interesting, important facts, especially on the calorie versus "I walked 10 minutes!" mistake. It's true that 15 or 20 minutes exercising a day are a good start and make a difference. But not if you think they're a good reason for a chocolate croisant.
I also like the writing style and the subtle humor very much.
1/15/2009 7:28:08 PM
Yes! You have to exercise more than you think. Finally, somebody actually put it out there for the world (or at least us) to see. What a relief! You have to commit to moving every day. Gardening? A wonderful activity, but you won't keep weight off by gardening. Parking your car at the end of the parking lot? Great, but you won't lose weight by doing it, and you may put yourself in danger. Pure, unadulterated exercise, for an hour a day, is the only thing that will keep the weight off. I get it. Thanks for the article, sparkpeople.
1/15/2009 4:17:28 PM
I have been reading health and nutrition articles for many years and this is one of the best! I find that many "diets" totally gloss over exercise or treat it as a footnote. It is as important as eating properly. Thanks for sharing this with members!
What a great article! It is so easy to overestimate the benefits of working out, say, three days a week, and thinking that that is what it takes to lose weight. It is important for me personally right now to realize that it will take more, more, more exercise to lose more weight! Also it is good acknowledge that thin and healthy are not the same thing. Excellent info and well stated!
What is true for one person, may not be true for someone else. At age 38 I cut what I ate in half and only did 2 different weight bearing exercises in the morning, working two different muscles everyday and lost 40 pounds in 4 months. Now at age 45, it isn't working for me. So I'm trying to find the right way to lose for where Im at now in life. Its kind of a learn as you go thing! Tried the food plan for me on here and it just wasnt helping me lose, so Im searching for what will work.
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