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Thursday, July 18, 2013

I love reading weight loss success stories. I find them infinitely motivating and love to hear how persistent these folks were to shed the weight. What I've always paid special attention to was how often they exercised. I wanna say about half of these people work out 300 minutes or more a week. I used to believe that was MUCH more than I could ever exercise.

But, now I get it. The hard truth is that these "biggest losers" HAVE to workout that much to stay fit and trim. They will HAVE to work out at this level the rest of their lives. If they ever cut back, they regain the weight. (Exhibit 1--Oprah Winfrey)

As I struggle to drop five more pounds, I've ramped up my exercise. I'm now walking 45-50 minutes a day 5-6 times a week. I understand that THIS is what it takes for MY body to release the weight. I've also cut my calories down to about 1,300 to 1,500 calories a day.

So the question is, how much energy am I willing to spend to get to AND MAINTAIN a lower weight. If I'm 5'7" and have weighed over 190 lbs most of my life, is it worth working out 300 minutes a week to get to and remain at 145? OR should I settle for working out 150 minutes a week and be content to weigh 165?

The "Biggest Losers" are choosing to exercise 300 minutes a week to attain and keep a trim body. Am I?
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    I was watching a documentary on Netflix called America the Beautiful 2 and there was a girl who went from 170 to 130 and now exercised like 8 hours a week. I wonder if I will ever have enough time and energy for that lol.
    1759 days ago
    Like I posted earlier this week, do what's best for. What will make you happy, then go for it. emoticon emoticon
    1766 days ago
    Imagine all the other benefits of working out, too!
    Longevity of health...
    You are going to be a knockout at your reunion and beyond. That epiphany is one of the best moments you've had. Knowledge is power!

    1767 days ago
    1767 days ago
    For me if I don't exercise I just don't feel right make the best choice for you!!
    1767 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Hmm... this is an interesting perspective especially regarding "biggest losers" but I feel bad for them because realistically how is it a foundation for healthy sustainability? It's makes for riveting entertainment but who is really going to work that hard every day for the rest of their lives? Only the very dedicated. I have seen too many "how are they now" stories and see that they just weren't able to build upon the foundation they were given. Which must be terribly frustrating!

    Have you considered that maybe you're not eating enough calories to sustain the amount of working out you're doing? A good resource I've found is this BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) Calculator: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-c

    You take the number they give you and times it by how active you are. That will give you a caloric range to maintain, lose, or gain.

    I like to use it to get an idea of where I should be eating in my caloric range.

    I wish you much success on your journey to becoming the healthiest you can be!


    1767 days ago
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