JEANKNEE recently asked my thoughts on the 80% - 20% split on the importance of food choices versus exercise for weight loss. My answer turned into a blog! :-)
We are all an experiment of ONE, right...?
So everyone's mileage may vary...I culled together some thoughts on the importance of food choices versus exercise. My own experience is that YES there is at LEAST an 80-20 split on the importance of food choices vs. exercise when it comes to WEIGHT LOSS.
However: although most of us start with weight loss uppermost on our minds, we soon begin to realize, as our bodies become slimmer and more limber, that it feels mighty fine to MOVE our bodies and to feel strong and capable.
For a while I made the mistake of believing if I worked out EVERY DAY and sweated off enough calories, I could still eat what I wanted and lose weight. Boy was THAT ever DEAD WRONG! ESPECIALLY when it comes to the particularly damaging effects of sugar and processed carbohydrates!
As the importance of our health and level of fitness begins to rise and we realize that if we've been focusing on diet too much and neglecting the pleasures of moving our bodies, we begin to feel too weak and easily fatigued. We are still unable to enjoy our newly trim(mer) bodies.
Who wants to feel THAT way?!?! So then the importance of exercise comes into play.
Exercise pay-offs can include SO many things:
---lower blood pressure
---more stable blood sugar levels
---toning of our body and losing inches around our belly and other places
---improved feelings of well-being
---improved physical AND psychological strength as we start meeting and exceeding our physical challenges
So my soapbox notwithstanding, here are some links on the 80-20 split regarding the importance of exercise versus food choices when it comes to WEIGHT LOSS. I think you'll hear a lot of agreement, overall:
I've also found that what and how much I eat matter more than exercise, but feeling better and getting slimmer work best with attention to both. Thanks for another good informative blog. 1057 days ago
_LINDA I am an exercise not and love to work out, but the bottom line has always been what I eat that determines my weight loss/maintenance success. You really are what you eat. Two of the links didn't work for me, but enjoyed the rest. for all the research posting! 1058 days ago
It takes both, for me... if I don't exercise, it tempts me to eat for the comfort that exercise gives me... if I don't eat right, it acts like an anchor, making exercise more difficult! So while "losing weight" might require the 80/20... getting myself into an active lifestyle being the real goal... and having fun? More like 50/50 for me!
I'll check some of the links, Don. Thanks.
Waiting for knees, I fear. Right knee replacement went well. Can't do high impact anything, but anything else goes including walking and Zumba Gold.
Hurt the right knee yesterday, though, and dr wants to do that next. I'm working on gentle exercise, losing more weight (23 # gone since just before surgery beginning of Sep), affirmations, meditation and Dr Wayne Dyer to avoid any more operations!
One of Susan Peirce Thompson insights (bright line eating) is that the "willpower gap" gets quite a workout with the initial focus on food choices: eliminating sugar and flour, eating 3 meals a day, portion sizes. So it's probably not a great idea to exhaust willpower by embarking on a vigorous exercise program at the same time: but rather to wait until leptin signals, "I'm read to get moving". Which it will, once the insulin levels in the blood drop, with the reduction of sugar/flour . . .
Exercise matters to me for all the reasons you cite, and even more; but weight loss requires the steadfast focus on food for me for sure. 1058 days ago
So very true. I can feel this difference this holiday season especially since I had just come off a 2 1/2 month plan of predominantly lean meats, vegetables, some fruit and just one little slice of bread each day. Relaxing that formula resulted in cravings, difficulty not "cheating", catching a cold (could be unrelated) and feeling sluggish more often. We really are what we eat. 1058 days ago