Post # 1
Thought this would be interesting. I’ve read that achieveing/maintaing your ‘ideal’ weight is 80% related to diet, 20% to exercise. There seems to be a lot of gym bunnies on here and I’d like to see how effective exercise alone is (without considering diet too, which of course is a huge factor).
Personally I find I tend to lose a bit of weight if I exercise less (muscle mass I suppose), but also, exercise makes you hungry, so maybe I eat less. I tend to always stay within a 7lbs weight range (have for around 10 years).
Anyway here’s the criteria I’m interested in – and I’ve added mine:
Height/weight: 5ft 10in/ 147lbs
Amount/type of exercise per week: 3-4 gyms sessions, 1 hour each ( 2 x Group PT, 1 x crazy cardio/strength training combo class, 1 x Cardio dance) and I horse ride once every couple of weeks
Are you losing/maintaining/putting on weight (in reality and your goals): maintaining-ish although have put on 2kgs in 5 months, so am now watching food a bit.
Post # 3
Added a poll to attract responses!
Post # 4
@Itsnotmeitsyou: I started eating healthier and exercising and I lost 20lbs where I was at my highest around the holidays. Hopefully I can drop about 10 more and I think I’ll be set.
Post # 5
I am a long term exerciser and am actually gaining weight because of stress. I take various classes, life weights & do yoga approx 4 times per week to try and lower my stress and kick in the weight loss but it’s not working 🙁 I’m thinking of stopping exercise completely in the hope my weight will start to drop.
I really believe that exercise is only 2% of weight loss and diet/stress management is 98%. (well for me at least)
Post # 6
Height/weight: 5ft 5in/ 124lbs
Amount/type of exercise per week: Insanity 5 times a week + push up challenge everyday
Are you losing/maintaining/putting on weight (in reality and your goals): maintaining- trying to tone up because the weight that I do have seems to be more fat than muscle. I’m kind of a “fat” 124 pounds 🙂
I lost almost 30 pounds by changing my eating habits. I lost another 4 when I started insanity. Since then I’ve gained 2 back which I believe is muscle mass. I’m at a point where I’m not as worried about weight as I am about fat percentage. I’m hoping to gain more muscle (which probably means more weight) so that’s why I started exercising.
Post # 7
Height/weight: 5ft 5in/ 125lbs
Amount/type of exercise per week: It depends what time of year it is, but I usually do either:
a) yoga 3-5 times and skiing 1-2 days
b) yoga 5-7 times
c) yoga 3-5 times and rock climbing 3-5 times
Are you losing/maintaining/putting on weight (in reality and your goals): I’m mostly maintaining, although I wouldn’t mind losing ~5 lbs before my wedding, which is in over a year (I have a really hard time getting below 125). I also tend to lose weight if I stop exercising, and gain some weight when I exercise more. I have noticed that yoga doesn’t seem to make me as ravenous as the other sports I do, so I can keep doing yoga and still lose weight (and maintain a lot of muscle tone…I’ve been really surprised how much of a positive effect yoga has had on the shape of my body). Running definitely makes me eat a ton and gain weight, plus, I don’t think it’s fun, so I don’t do it anymore 🙂
Read more: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-much-does-exercise-impact-your-weight#ixzz2U7G5XFPy
Post # 8
I have been working out and eating healthy for 18 years. I am 5’4″ and 108 pounds and I have been this weight (+/- 5 pounds) for 18 years. I wholeheartedly agree that it’s 80% diet. There were times I worked out 7 days a week, and times I worked out 2 days a week and I was always the same weight. I might look more lean at times or a little softer, but overall I look my best when I work out about 4 times a week. I do not do a lot of cardio and never have. Mostly weight training, and it’s because I eat healthy that I don’t need to do cardio.
Post # 9
Height/weight: 5ft 5in/ 165lbs
Amount/type of exercise per week: I started C25K about four weeks ago. I can now run about 16 minutes without walking. My 5k is June 9! I started the 30 Day Shred fourteen days ago and just finished day 4 on level 2 today.
Are you losing/maintaining/putting on weight (in reality and your goals): So far I have not lost any weight, but I also haven’t really modified my diet. I do, however, feel more toned and stronger! I want to lose about 15 pounds and get back to the weight I was before I met my SO.
Post # 10
@Itsnotmeitsyou: I would say for me it’s about 70-30, when I’m eating really well I maintain my weight easily, but when I exercise I do tone up fairly quickly/easily. I have a naturally muscular enough body type that I can get away with working out less and still look pretty good, but I do eat pretty “clean” in general. a few years ago I was working out much more regularly and not eating as well and was carrying around about 25 extra lbs, but I know a good portion of that was muscle. now I’ve lost the weight but since I work out less I do have less muscle but also less fat so i’m pretty okay with that, although I would like to start working out more regularly.
Post # 11
I went from 195 to 140 in 9 months just watching my diet and using the elliptical 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes (actually in the beginning I was only using it for 15-20 minutes because I was so wimpy, lol). So yes, I think weight loss is mainly diet. When I see people killing themselves at the gym for 2+ hours a day and not seeing results, I have to wonder what their diet is like.
Post # 12
I lose the most weight when I go the French route–healthy diet and walking more. When I excercise, I find I really start to bulk up, and not only that, but I get so much more hungry and insatiable. I’m a shorty (5’2″) and weighed 190 lbs (gross!) when I started my weightloss journey at the end of January. I’ve since lost 30 lbs (4 dress sizes) on Weight Watchers Online and plan to be at my target weight (for BMI) of 130 or less within 5 months.
Post # 13
@Itsnotmeitsyou: Sorry, I was standing in the train and didn’t fully answer. I’m 5’3 and weigh 146. I exercise about 5 days a week, run with the fiancé. I am currently losing weight. I think I would be happy losing ten more. I don’t want to be too skinny, I like some curves and don’t want to lose everything, I want my mermaid dress to accentuate what I’ve got 🙂
Post # 14
Height/weight: 5ft 7in / 162 lbs
Amount/type of exercise per week: My entire routine is about to change because I’m moving away, but this is what I normally do:
-Weight lifting 3x a week
-Walk on the treadmill 6x a week
-Yoga or pilates 1x a week
Are you losing/maintaining/putting on weight (in reality and your goals): I’ve been trying to maintain until I get a new job and get settled (hopefully soon!), so I’m not working out as hard as I could or eating very well… But when I did a Spring Fitness Challenge earlier this year I lost like 5 lbs in three weeks, so I’d like to go back to that. I’m not the cleanest eater in the world, but I generally don’t eat much in one sitting.
I’m shooting for a goal weight of 140 – 145, which would put me well within normal BMI range.
As far as exercise goals, I want to ramp back up to that Spring Fitness Challenge and go back to walking 5 miles a day, because that’s when I really started to see the weight come off.
Post # 15
Height/weight: 5ft 5in/ 135lbs
Amount/type of exercise per week: 2x a week water aerobics, 2x a week yoga, 1x a week Zumba
Are you losing/maintaining/putting on weight (in reality and your goals): I have lost 10-15 pounds over the past year and a half improving my diet and exercise. I don’t plan on losing more weight, just toning up and getting stronger.
I see exercise as a way to get toned and be healthy, not lose weight.
Post # 16
Height/weight: 5ft3in 140lbs
Amount/type of exercise per week: 5 1hr sessions, including jogging, biking, walking, yoga and lots of different DVDS i use.
Are you losing/maintaining/putting on weight (in reality and your goals): I am currently losing weight and toning up. If i exercise more and dont change my diet much i just tend to tone up. Which is what has happends over the last 6 months. Now i am actually changing my diet, eating cleaner and want to see a drop in pounds which is going to be hard because i have ALWAYS been in the 130-140 range for as long as i can remember. It will be a slow progress. But thats still progress!!