(Closed) Calories or Excercise?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Both! That’s the short answer, but the reality is that you can be pretty reasonably accurate with counting the calories that you eat, but not the calories that you burn. The elliptical machines are notorious for being inaccurate and for overestimating what you have burnt…and for a lot of us that means we go eat more because we think we burned more. A machine can only do so much…and your calorie burn is dependant on so many things – what you weigh, if you are currently in good shape or not, your metabolism, so you really don’t know.  

I think that YOU know by your body telling you when it’s tired from a workout, but does that mean you burned 400 calories? 700? 1000? I think eating well is so so important, but of course balanced exercise is too. 

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

First of all, nutrition is the most important part of the equation. You can workout until your heart is contained, but if your nutrition sucks, you won’t get far.

Second, doing cardio for an hour might burn more calories, but that’s only for while you’re on the machine. When you weight train, your body continues to burn calories throughout the day, and the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism. For the best results, you need to do weight/resistance training. Just cardio will get you to a point, but you’ll likely plateau.  

If you want an accurate assessment of how much you’re burning, look into a heart-rate monitor. I honestly doubt your mom is really burning 800 calories. As Kate said, those machines are inaccurate. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

WHAT you eat, not just the calories. If you eat a lot of carbs, it triggers your body to release more insulin, and therefore store more body fat. Where eating more protein and fat prompts your body to move/rid body fat.

I suggest reading “The Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sission. 

Here’s his book in a nutshell, a pyramid for eating and a pyramid for exercise.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Both matter. You should mix it up, so that some of your exercise is very cardio-heavy, like the elliptical, running, cycling at high-speed, low resistance, and some should be strengh-building cardio, like the stair master or low-speed, high resistance cycline/spinning. The calories burned is really important, but by building some muscle, you will raise you basal metabolic rate and therefore burn more calories at rest, throughout the day, and when you exercise. Also, doing cardio-only, especially while dieting, will cause you to lose muscle mass if you aren’t also doing some strength work.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Missus_LLC:  Sounds like you’re doing well…keep it up! Your mother might have found what she feels works best for her, but you have to find what works best for YOU. Ultimately it will likely be a combination of both better eating and more exercise. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

It’s both! Def.  You’ll each find your own rhythm.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would agree both! I was in the best shape of my life when I was on weight watchers and walked or did the eliptical every other day. When I was on weight watchers I didn’t know much about nutrition though, I ate all processed foods, carbs and sweets. I stayed within my points everyday though and lost 30 pounds. Somedays I was eating 8 slices of bread a day and two frozen pasta meals, they have a new plan though, it’s better geared towards what’s healthy.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think it’s definitely both, but for me the portion control was the most important thing. I am short on time for getting a work out in, but I have been counting calories since august and have lost 30lbs at this point. If you are going to focus on diet though make sure you are being aware of nutritional value and not just calories or you will end up with nutrient deficiencies!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@abbyful:  +1

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

First, if youre going to count calories, set a daily limit and make sure you avoid liquid calories (diet sodas, teas, stuff like that will add up calories really quick).

If you set a 1,500 calorie intake per day (adjust accordingly to your height/weight).

To burn ONE pound you have to burn 3,500 calories.  Keeping small snacks with protein and low carb and calories will help throughout the day to fight hunger.

If you burn more than you eat each day, you’ll see the difference.  But don’t lower your calorie intake until you’ve noticed a good bit of weight lost because as you start to slimmer down you won’t need as much calories per day.

(I should be following my own advice but it’s easier said than done ::grumbles::)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

You have to remember that not everyone will burn 800 calories in 1 hr of eliptical. It depends on your intensity/slope. Ultimately, you need to burn more calories then you take in, it’s as simple as that. So like the other bees said, it’s a combo of diet, and exercise!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve found that burning more calories is a much more reliable way for me to lose weight and keep it off. I can lose weight through restricting my calories, but I have terrible self control and I always end up putting it back on fairly soon. Not that I eat a ton of calories day to day (about 1200-1400), but I’m a terrible dieter. I don’t particularly enjoy exercise, but I’ve gotten in the habit of running six days a week. My goal is everyday so I don’t slip below six days (five at the absolute least) a week (inevitably, something always comes up at least once). This has been much more effective for me. That being said, there are different strokes for different folks. I don’t think anyone can tell you for certain what will work for you. Unfortunately, it’s trial and error. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Missus_LLC:  You lose more weight from cutting calories than from exercise but exercise will help you look better and more toned at a higher weight.

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