Post # 1
So I started my weight loss journey back in June. I was going to the gym 3-4xs a week in the mornings before work. But as of lately, I’ve been assigned more responsibility at work which has me coming in early and leaving later. So it’s been so hard trying to drag myself to the gym even earlier than before. I used to get up at 4:30 am and out the door by 5 to head to the gym first. Now, I’m lucky if I can get in twice a week! By the time I get off work, I’m just drained…so again, I’m finding it so hard to drag myself out to the gym now.
So any of you bees care to share any succees stories on losing weight solely on dieting or just overall changing your eating habits? I was thinking about joining Weight Watchers but I’m guessing your success is combined with exercising too? Not that I’m against working out, I’m just finding it difficult getting to the gym as often as I would like. Any suggestions? Stories to share? I could use some motivation!
Post # 3
Losing weight is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. As long as you’re eating a caloric deficinecy, you will lose weight. That being said, if you hit a plateau, adding exercise will help break it, and if you don’t exercise, you may become “skinny fat” – which is basically, a thin person who has no real muscle tone.
Right now, focus on eating well, getting to the gym when you can, and try to start your day off every day with a set of push ups, sit ups, and squats to at least get a bit of strengthening exercise in. When you can, get to the gym, and start adding more workouts as your schedule allows.
Post # 4
@abbie017: That’s a great idea, I will start doing some exercises at home to start my day.
Post # 5
I gained a lot of weight when my SO and I moved in together years ago, and when I started losing, I lost it all without any consistent exercise — I’d do it some weeks, and some weeks I would not. Losing fat/weight is 80% diet, and you can’t out-exercise a lot of crappy food. It’s easier to lose weight just dieting if you are especially overweight, but as you lose weight and can only cut out a certain amount of calories from your diet, exercise can help you burn calories. Exercise is good for you anyway, so it’s worth it to do.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t say I was actively trying to lose weight when I discovered this, but when I decided to cut down on meat and milk, I inadvertently lost a surprising amount of weight. I am not strictly a vegetarian, but we no longer eat meat at home, but I’ll sometimes have it when I go out. The only exercise I get is from walking instead of taking subway, and because I’m always running late, I end up pretty much power walking, which is an awesome workout in itself.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Yes, you can lose weight from diet alone, but you should be aware that exercise will supercharge your weight loss and that without it you will lose significant amounts of muscle mass along with your fat.
Post # 8
@Liecey84: Actually, losing weight is more about what you eat than how much exercise you get. Many people also underestimate how many calories they burn and assume they can eat whatever they want, even if they’re only exercising moderately.
You’ll see faster results and likely be more healthy and feel better overall if you have a balanced diet AND exercise, but I wouldn’t beat yourself up over missing some workouts. Try to work exercise into your day.. take the stairs, go for a walk at lunch etc.
Post # 9
I lost 80 lbs. on Weight Watchers and I didn’t do a lick of exercise.
Post # 10
Yes. I have lost 20 pounds with dieting alone.
But like another poster pointed out, exercise does accelerate the weight loss 🙂
Post # 11
You can lose weight without exercsise, but exercise will keep you healthy! Maybe try to exercise 1-2x a week instead but at home… and it doesn’t have to be at the gym. Maybe buy one of the fitness DVDs (some of them are REALLY good now-a-days!) and a set of dumbells..
I love WW. I am not using it now (though may start again) but years ago I couldn’t lose 10 stubborn pounds so I joined WW and lost them in a month! It’s so easy and you can literally look up EVERYTHING in their system to figure out how many “points” it is. Very user friendly.
Post # 12
I lost about 27 pounds since mid May without exercising, and I purposefully chose NOT to exercise during this time.
Throughout my life, I have started many, many exercise programs (some at gyms, some at home), but every one of them ended up being interrupted by some issue. Most of those issues were health related. Some were minor and others were major. Still other interruptions were work-load, schedule, or, early on, even apartment-living related.
Although I absolutely believe in the merits and benefits of exercise, I did not — and do not — ever again want to be dependent upon exercise to lose weight or to maintain my weight. That’s why I wanted to get my eating habits under control and lose a significant portion of the weight without incorporating exercise into my weight loss program. At some point, I likely will try reintroducing it in a very minimal way, now that I’ve shed a decent amount of weight.
Post # 13
Abs are made in the kitchen 😉 AKA food matters! You can most certainly change your weight and shape through diet, and fine tune you body if you would like with excercise. The most important is what we put into our bodies for food and how much!
Post # 14
I also lost weight by diet. I will go on walks with my kids and chase them around the house but thats about it for exercise. I do occasional butt & hip lifts :). I think I lost the weight from cutting out meat & pretty much everything artificial from my diet for about a month. I am eating meat again, but only try not to make it a big part of my diet. I still try really hard to stay away from artificial “foods”.
Post # 15
If you are willing to try a paleo/primal diet, you can absolutely lose weight without exercise. I lost probably 20 pounds over a few months with very minimal exercise. Don’t give up trying just because you can’t exercise consistently because exercise has so many health related benefits! Just do what you can and focus on your eating habits!
Post # 16
I lost like ~17% of my body weight (and possibly fixed my minor hypothyroidism) with very, very minimal exercise. I ate well, and cut back on the bread and pasta carbs. It took a while, but it defintely worked!