- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
First of all, I am not saying this is fact, I am just really intrigued by this idea.
I am not disputing that calories in, calories out actually works, or that leading an active lifestyle does not lead to weight loss. These articles claim it is a matter of exercise AND diet… but it seems like diet is much more important. For those of you like me, constantly wondering the best way to manage weight without wasting time or depriving ourselves unnecessarily… give these a read.
In an environment such as a weight loss spa or “the biggest loser” where people are monitored 24-7 certainly the workouts cause weigh loss. but, most people do not live under those rules. the extra calorie consumption and increased lethargy (when NOT working out) pointed to in these articles makes sense to me. it seems that in order for the calories burned to REALLY matter, you have to be just as active the entire rest of the day, and eat the exact same amount as if you had not worked out. difficult for most people to really claim with confidence or accuracy.
I have to admit that certain issues touched on in these articles strike a cord with me. for example:
The amount of calories burned in a normal workout are not THAT many. The idea that it raises metabolism for the rest of the day is interesting- but how much really? I do think there is some merit that muscle burns more calories in a resting state, it’s a fact much referred to in weigh loss and fitness articles. But one of these articles mentions that the AMOUNT more that the muscle burns is almost negligible.
I personally am starving after working out. I think i do consume almost as many calories as i burned. this is only the actual hunger based eating- not even getting into “entitlement” eating which is mentioned in the articles as well.
The times i have lost weight (I am not saying it was the healthy way- im just saying this is what happened) were times when i had gone through a tough time emotionally, or was working for a tyrannical boss. I ATE a LOT less. Just didnt have the appetite i normally do because of stress. Did not workout. Did not cut back on alcohol. Was not starving myself. Probably ate what the rest of the world eats in a day- just not what the average american eats in a day. I would eat simple things and nothing fried or sweet. the weight melted off.
i dont advocate sitting around all day. I have a fairly active job- long hours, a lot of standing, a lot of walking, bending over, etc. When i am not working for a few months at a time (im freelance) i try to do a short workout video or walk at least 3 miles per day on average. i find that the more active lifestyle and walking- as opposed to working out- does not stimulate my appetite as much and is just as effective.
I will say that in the times i am running around like a maniac at work, but also working long hours with some periods of boredom/notrunning around at all… endless snacking and junk food have caused weight gain. the movement was not enough to cancel out the calories consumed.
i thinks it more diet than exercise… by a mile! based on personal experience this research makes sense to me.
thought i would post this to get opinions, most people on this board are trying to lose weight or get in shape and seem really well informed. anyone else agree?