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8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise

It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love

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LNXLADY

2/9/2011 12:36:30 PM

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Interesting article. A life goal shouldn't be about being thin. It should be about being strong and healthy and a weight that feels comfortable for our bodies. JMHO.

SUNSHINESKYWAY

9/23/2010 12:35:05 PM

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Love the article! So very true! Years of pounds being put on will not come off in 30 days. But this is nothing hard work and determination can't eliminate.

KAZ_LOVEOCEAN

8/27/2010 7:01:36 PM

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I love it! Thank you for the great article!! This year, I started to do workout primarily for my health, and for weight loss as the second. When I focused on my health, I finally lost my weight. I am going to keep doing workout and eating right to be healthier and stronger.

ELZENAD1

8/27/2010 1:26:19 PM

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Absolutely loved the article ........thank you for the motivation et #2 and #3 hit home for me

AICANDYDAGURU

8/27/2010 1:03:18 PM

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# 3 hit home and landed on my chest like a ton of bricks! I do have time the end.

SUNNYARIZONA

8/25/2010 5:24:08 AM

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I KNEW this, but still having it in print like this is hard to swallow. I mean, I work at getting in 1 hr. a day, but I want to lose more weight. Does that mean I need to put in more time? Good grief.... Frustrating....yet, I know, when I was a kid with no weight problem, it had to be that I was constantly moving! We ate big and hearty , but never ever weighed ourselves!!!! My MOM, however, did have a weight problem, but then, she was never more active than her normal house and garden work. SHE was the only one to weigh herself!!!

SVENJAH

8/19/2010 4:34:57 PM

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Thumbs up for two strong statements:
Good health, rather than weight, should be our focus.
This is not a diet; this is your life.

STATS2332

6/24/2010 1:51:46 PM

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Very matter a fact

GOING4MUSCLE

3/18/2010 8:12:07 PM

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In my case, I don't find it hard, in either case. Sure, if I cut out exercise COMPLETELY and eat total junk food, then the weight piles on quick. But, duh, that's how it goes, and I'm getting what I deserve.

To lose weight, it comes off quite steadily (no plateaus) and at a 1.5 - 2 pound loss, per week. Cardio is a bare minimum..1 -2 days, per week, for 30 minutes. Strength training I do 3 days per week, for 30 - 50 minutes. Truly, I believe it is totally because of the muscle growth, as muscle burns more calories doing nothing. I don't think this study takes this fact into account. If it did...then the results would come out more promising.

So don't be discouraged or lose hope! The answer could very well be from lifting some free weights or weight machines.

SAMANTHASOPER

3/18/2010 5:59:49 PM

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I really hate all the people who say that they don't have enough time to exercise or eat right.. I call Bull. There is NO way you can't find time to do so. Some say.. oh I have husbands who need my time.. exercise together! Its fun, and can be intimate and really heighten your relationship..plus the pheromones in your sweat is a huge plus (sounds gross, but trust me.. workout with your significant other and you will see what I mean).

And, there is NO WAY IN HELL that ALL of your time is filled up. No way. I don't buy this from anyone. My sister is a single mother, working full time and she still finds time to live a healthy life and workout. Unless you work from 6 am to midnight, I am not buying the no time crap.

Sure, you have kids who need you attention. Incorporate exercise with them..go for a walk, Wii Fit and DDR are also great to do with kids and killer workouts!


If you want to lose weight you will make it work. No excuses.

SHERIMMILLER1

2/27/2010 6:43:40 PM

Though I was very aware of the information given in this article, I still enjoyed reading it. It is like a little motivator to keep on the right track, even though all I want is a brownie or chocolate chip cookie....heck even just a plain bagel with cream cheese!

I don't understand how it is possible to burn more calories than you take in. I work out 6 days out of 7, an average of 45 minutes, mostly cardio. I have decreased 400 calories from my diet and am making sure that the calories I am eating are nutritious and it is still taking a long time.

SHERIMMILLER1

2/27/2010 6:43:39 PM

Though I was very aware of the information given in this article, I still enjoyed reading it. It is like a little motivator to keep on the right track, even though all I want is a brownie or chocolate chip cookie....heck even just a plain bagel with cream cheese!

I don't understand how it is possible to burn more calories than you take in. I work out 6 days out of 7, an average of 45 minutes, mostly cardio. I have decreased 400 calories from my diet and am making sure that the calories I am eating are nutritious and it is still taking a long time.

ANDORETH1

12/10/2009 12:15:04 PM

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The study cited in section one of exercise also states that the women who maintained the 10%+ and exercised 55 minutes a day also more closely followed the eating plan and were more in contact with the intervention team.. basically they were more committed in general.

All of the women were asked to maintain exercise of 30 min/5 days a week. The ones who were not as successful had reduced their exercise on average by about half that amount, were not following the eating plan as well and not maintaining as much contact with the team.

I think it's a bit of a stretch to take from this that the most important difference between the two groups is the minutes of exercise committed. I'd have to see the results of women who mainted the eating plan well, exercised for 30min/5day as planned and maintained good contact and if they were more closely aligned with the "successful" or "unsuccessful" group.

I'm not going to stress about it too much, though. I sat down and decided what I could and could not commit to in my plan to create a more healthy life-style for myself. For me, this includes about 30 min a day exercising. If that means I never win a bikini contest (do they have those for the over 40 set?) fine, but I'll be able to maintain my health in balance with all of the other desires, goals and concerns in my life.

EMMASCLOSET

12/10/2009 10:50:22 AM

Really - this is a great article. It is just common sense. More calories burned + less calories in = weight loss. But, the diet industry is making a fortune selling people lies and myths. Especially this time of year. I really wish the best for everyone trying to lose weight this coming year. I hope you all achieve your goals.

ALLRONIX

12/10/2009 12:24:29 AM

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You'll pardon the cranky, but there's a part of me that is quite **resentful** about having to calculate every last bit of food every day, treating it as something to oppose and defend against - an enemy instead of something to be grateful for - and the likelihood I'll be doing this for the rest of my life. That's part of the reason I am struggling with the weight and wonder if it's really worth the trouble. Yes, I KNOW about the heart disease and diabetes that runs in my family. I resent that, too.

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