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Monday, December 28, 2015

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
---lower cholesterol
---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:









So let's find our Spark, keep it well-nourished and flourishing through 2016 and beyond!

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    I always learn something valuable from your blogs! Thank you for sharing my friend emoticon
    1008 days ago
  • CHERYLL1949
    1055 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I can SO agree with this! And I agree with JEANKNEE You're the emoticon
    1056 days ago
    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
    Great - thanks for doing the research. I'm convinced although I don't always live it --- that "I can always burn it off" thought does lead me astray sometimes.
    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.
    emoticon for all the research posting!
    1058 days ago
    Um ... my body seems to be on the 50/50 rule. If I do not exercise ... I don't lose weight and I don't feel well at all.
    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!

    1058 days ago
    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!

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    1058 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1058 days ago
    Great blog!!

    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
    I never gained weight because of exercising less,
    but I always gain when I eat just a little more, even if I do exercise more than usual.
    All holidays go like that : )

    Exercise is probably 20% only, but an important and rewarding 20%!

    1058 days ago
    Sure does feel good to eat right and exercise. Took me awhile to "catch on" but now I'm hooked. For life! And health.
    1058 days ago
    Thanks so much for your thoughts and all the links. I appreciate it. I love exercise now. I can't wait to get my knee done so it doesn't hurt so much.
    1058 days ago
    Couldn't agree more!
    1058 days ago
  • MARYKE22
    Way to take a challenge seriously
    1058 days ago
    You're the emoticon

    So, guess my memory hadn't failed me, eh? emoticon

    emoticon for the links!

    Off to check them out ...
    1058 days ago
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