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- Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles
I feel like I’ve had a revelation ladies! Last summer, I had a personal trainer that I saw once a week and the rest of the week I was exercising regularly (pretty much every day, sometimes twice a day!). I was feeling fantastic and by the end of the summer, I was down almost ten pounds.
Of course, winter came along and I indulged in my favorite foods and it was too cold (and I was too lazy) to exercise and the weight came back on.
So about a month ago, I decided to get back on the bandwagon again. I started exercising like crazy but the scale just wasn’t budging much. I finally decided I would have to start restricting my calories. Nothing crazy, but just counting every calorie that went into my mouth and ensuring that I wasn’t going over my daily limit. Meanwhile, I only exercised maybe once or twice a week.
The verdict after a month: I am down ten pounds! Now don’t get me wrong: I still want to exercise more since it makes me feel so fantastic and it’s good for you. But in terms of weight loss, at least for my body, calorie counting helped tremendously. I thought it would be hell, and it kind of was at first because I love to eat, but I am slowly getting used to it!
Just thought I’d share my breakthrough– have you found better results with diet, exercise, or combo?
Post # 3
Great job! Diet is the most important thing in losing weight (I think it accounts for 90% of weight loss or something). Exercise is great for overall health and toning.
Post # 4
Good work! And I agree. There are sometimes other factors at play like what kind of calories, nutrient breakdown, hormones, etc. But MOST weight loss is simple. Calories in vs. calories out. Working out helps because it 1) burns calories 2) creates muscle that burns calories even when you’re resting 3) encourages you to eat better 3) is healthy for your heart and lungs.
But ultimately, if you want to lose weight, calories are where to focus.
Post # 5
I’m glad it’s been so helpful for you! In my experience, though, even the strictest of calorie monitoring does very little. I used an online fitness and diet program for months, aiming for 1300 calories a day. At the same time, I was getting an intense cardio and weightlifting workout three to four times a week. At this rate, I could barely get any weight to budge. But for me there are other medical factors inhibiting my weight loss.
I’ve had to try to learn to accept who I am and continue my healthy eating and execise just for the health benefits it provides (more energy, better sleep, etc.). I’m trying to be happy with me, but most days I’m just not quite there yet.
Post # 6
Good for you! That’s a great success story. I’ve never done the counting calories thing, so I’m clueless. Do you literally only count calories and make sure to only eat a certain number? Meaning, you don’t have to calculate the fat or dietary fibers?
I’ve found that keeping a food journal, losely following weight watchers and exercise are what I need to always have in my life to maintain a weight that I’m comfortable with. It sucks! I never truly enjoy any of it, I love to eat and I don’t want to think about it but you feel so much better when you’re doing the right thing!
Post # 7
Good for you!
I lost 30 pounds in the last years, and for the first 20, I was not exercising at all. The eating habits are the most important part of weight loss and I was in shock when I discovered that.
I have always been a very active person and was going to the gym and exercising my butt off. I was still gaining weight. To the point where I got discouraged, stopped exercising altogether. After gaining a bit more, I started watching what I ate and reducing carbs (not cutting, as I believe that every food group has its purpose, but I was eating too much). I melted at that point.
I started exercising again when I felt better about my body, and still watching what I ate, lost another 10.
Exercice makes me feel wonderful, energized and tones my body, but does not count for weight loss as much as counting calories do.
Jasmine, I hope your testimony and mine will help people see that! I too often hear people say that they plan to lose weight by exercising more and are not willing to change their diet… I want everyone to succeed, so you putting your discovery out there is amazing!
Post # 8
I’m lucky in that my job (nurse) is entirely walking around so I don’t get too fussed about calorie counting – I just watch what I eat.
I love swimming and try to at least once a week – often twice. I’m naturally curvy with big boobs and hips and bum with a little waist so I’ll never be skinny!!
Post # 9
It really is! Fad diets where you need to pay money to learn “secrets” be dammed! Count your calories and you’ll lose at least a pound a week! Exercise and you’re in business! It’s not like you can eat stuff that’s totally loaded with sodium, bad fats, etc. if you are on a strict calorie diet because it’s like “Hmm, do I want this candy bar for lunch or a buttload of vegetables?”