(Closed) Has anyone ever lost weight by dieting alone?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
13384 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 5
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
7900 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • 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
8040 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@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
2393 posts
Buzzing bee

I lost 80 lbs. on Weight Watchers and I didn’t do a lick of exercise.

Post # 10
111 posts
Blushing bee

Yes. I have lost 20 pounds with dieting alone.

But like another poster pointed out, exercise does accelerate the weight loss 🙂

Post # 11
1291 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
11434 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
7290 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

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
5039 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2018

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! 

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