(Closed) Exercise doesn't really lead to weight loss? DONT FLAME ME!! LOL

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Yes, it works down to calories in (and absorbed) vs calories burned.  Personally though, when I’m exercising I tend to eat less.  I can’t eat a huge meal and workout and afterwards I rarely want to eat a huge meal.  It’s when I’m sitting around that I get hungry.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve always heard that its 75% diet and 25% exercise and I tend to think this is true. If I am not eating right then it doesn’t matter if I’m exercising, I just won’t lose weight. If I eat well and don’t exercise I will generally lose, but if I add exercise in then I see a HUGE difference and lose much, much faster.

That being said, my stepsister lost 65lbs with just diet alone, but she had a lot to lose. If I want to lose 5 lbs then I have to work my butt off just because I don’t have a lot ot spare.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

This is true for me. I can work my arse off and burn 700 calories but if I’m not eating around 1300 cals per day I will not lose weight. I have tested this theory many times. My body will look more toned but I won’t lose weight. 

I am currently eating low cal and once i hit my goal will work out to get some more definition. I know it’s not the way its supposed to go but its what works for me.

Another thing that doesn’t work for me is low carb/high fat. Everyone is different. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I’m pretty sure weight loss is 90% diet 10% exercise (or statistics similar to that, I don’t know them exactly)

You can’t eat 3,000-4,000 calories a day, do some exercise, and expect to get thinner.

But there seems to be some kind of fear in telling people NOT to do something (ie – eat less!) and instead emphasis is put on them to DO something different instead (exercise). I think it’s easier to hear “hit the gym!” than “stop eating so much”?

Probably ate what the rest of the world eats in a day- just not what the average american eats in a day”

I love this line. I think a lot of people feel as though they are ‘starving themselves’ on 1500-2000 calories because they feel hungry. When, in actual fact, a lot of people eat that amount every day and aren’t hungry at all because their body is used to it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I am a group fitness instructor and I have seen that diet is much more inportant than exercise in my clients.  

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I definitely agree that it’s more diet than working out. I started running for 2 months and didn’t change my eating habits (no more no less). I lost no weight. I changed my eating habits (and stopped working out and dropped 30 pounds. Now I work out and eat healthy so that I keep the weight off but I’m also trying to tone up. So basically I eat different to keep the weight off and I’m working out to tone up (I guess ultimately to gain muscle weight).

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think the biggest problem is the assumption that walking on the treadmill for an hour negates the doughnut that you ate that morning.  I’ve heard so many women say “I’m burning off that frappucino” and not realize that they’d need to run 10+ miles to work off a large frap. 

Should you work out to stay fit and healthy?  Absolutely.  And it should be part of an overall weight management program.  But when it really comes down to it, the ability to put the fork down is what will affect your weight.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

It does for me, but that’s probably because I already have a good eating lifestyle I don’t mess with. The only thing I vary is my exercising level, and this is what happens:

Mid-level exercise: optimal weight, toned, feeling and looking hawt

Low-level exercise: up to 15lbs heavier, flabby, feeling meh

High-level exercise: I don’t do it. I just don’t like exercise to that extent, and I don’t want to risk getting obsessive about it or getting exercise-related injuries.

Remember that muscle weighs more than fat. So, when I’m losing my up-to-15-lbs, I’m losing more fat than that, because I’m gaining muscle. Someone may be losing fat and gaining muscle and the scale not budging for them (or the numbers even going up) but the mirror/clothes will not lie, they’ll look better.

I also think that compulsive exercise is not necessary to be a healthy weight, and so perhaps those who haven’t realized that and are trying to exercise excessively to overcompensate for a poor eating lifestyle, aren’t losing fat, are still gaining muscle, and affecting overall statistics of the relationship between weight and exercise.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m convinced that its true from my recent experiences. I’ve been more active these last few months than I’ve ever been, the scale isn’t budging by much. However, my body is changing and getting slightly tighter. So for me diet, weight training and yoga (cause i’m so tight and need to expand my flexablity) should be the right mix.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve found that holds true for me. I used to work out with a really intense sports team – we would do 2 1/2 hour workouts three times a week, with running, calisthenics and strength training. I left drenched in sweat every time and my fitness was better than ever – I could walk up three flights of stairs without getting winded and carried my grocery bags like they were full of feathers. But I only lost about five pounds in a year, because I didnt change my eating habits. 

This year, I started taking medication that kills my appetite and lost 50 lbs without adding any more intentional exercise. (I walk a decent amount in general, but I did before the meds, too.) 

For me at least, what I eat makes a lot more difference than how much I exercise withh regards to my weight. Exercise has a ton of important benefits! But for me, weight loss is not one of them. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

If youre talking about just weight loss….yes diet is significantly important and they do says its 80% diet and 20% exercise that will lead to weight loss…. HOWEVER, weight loss does not qual being healthy or fit. To be fit you do have to work out. Just eating healthy will not work out your muscle that does NEED to be used or will not be useful in years to come, help you breathe properly,aid in metabolism, help your heart, balance your hormones,etc… without exercise.

I think its important for people to not think “I need to lose weight”, but instead say “I need to be healthy!”   

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@FallNYC:  My doctor told me to do strength exercise, because the more muscle mass (Even without getting bulky) the more calories are burned just by sitting and to watch the size of a portion–instead of eating two hamburgers, eat one kind of thing. He also said the cardio helps…while you’re in the middle of cardio. Once you step off that treadmill, the fat burning quality of it is over.

Just my experience. Once I started focusing on the strength, I’ve started ACTUALLY losing weight. 

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