Post # 1
We just joined a gym and I started going to daily workout classes and I am feeling great–I have more energy, my mood is better, and I really look forward to intense workouts to relieve stress.
It’s a little disheartening though, that I’ve read so many articles that say fitness has a negligible impact on weight loss (compared to diet alone). I am not overweight–my main goal is building muscle and toning up. I know working out has many health benefits outside of weight loss, too, but it makes me wonder why the gym is always packed if it doesn’t really contribute significantly to weight loss!
I’m curious what other Bees think about the impact of exercise. Have you seen a difference from working out? What about improved muscle tone? What types of exercise have you found the most effective?
Post # 3
It does not really have a big impact, but it can make you look better.
I wanted to lose weight so started running regularly, after 3 months, I looked better but only lost 1kg, I was dissapointed so started dieting and after 3 months had lost 8 kg and the 15kg over 6 months.
But now i lost the weight i do find exercise helps stop me put it back on, but never helped to lose it.
Post # 4
While diet is important I agree with you that for your goal, hitting the gym will be more beneficial. Toning up isn’t going to happen just by cutting carbs, but losing excess weight might. I know this from personal experience. Working out and enjoying it is a sure way to keep off the pounds in the future, diet alone isn’t enough for long term goals. Way to go, sounds like you’re on the right track!
Post # 5
I’ve done both. Look at it like this: weight loss is directly impacted by your diet. Cut out carbs and you’ll lose weight (I’m sure some of you will scoff at this but the Paleo lifestyle DOES work). Basically carbs is sugar and starches that your body stores as fat. If you don’t want to cut them out completely then try to limit them to only whole sources of carbs like whole grains and brown rice.
Exercise on the other hand keeps you healthy. When you exercise you use the nutrition you put in your body (except sugars, that always turns to fat unless we’re talking about fructose). Exercising helps your muscles. Exercising helps you avoid a lot of energies or treat the ones that you have.
I lose more weight when I’m not in the gym because my muscle weight doesn’t go up at all. If I’m on diet alone I’m still the same size as I am now but I’m about ten pounds less than when I go to the gym five days a week.
Also keep in mind that lifting weights and doing strength routines help you burn more calories than cardio does. For the calories in calories out folks (which also works but I have more energy on low carb) this is important.
Post # 6
Also: keep in mind you may gain weight as you tone up…. the scale looks terrible for me when I’m getting in shape but… after a while my clothes fit better and I realize it’s muscle weight gain which is a good thing.
Post # 7
I think working out has a great great great impact. I think over the long haul, if you are working out at lest 3x a week, your weight will be much easier to manage. At least for me anyways. Diet does have a huge part, don;t get me wrong, but when I stop doing my daily runs at least 3x a week, my weight does start to pack on.
Post # 8
Exercise does contribute to weight loss and not just in the calories burned. Muscle mass burns more calories than fat just to maintain, so the more muscle mass you build up the more calories you burn just “being”. Therefore , you can lose weight by cutting calorie intake or eat more without gaining weight.
Post # 9
Diet seems to affect actual poundage lost more than exercise…but then you just end up flabby and soft just lighter…aka “skinny fat”. If you want to tone up (not just add muscle tone but have a “tighter” body overall) you need to exercise more. Alas it’s one of those things where you have to suffer through both things to get true results, lol
Post # 10
A lot of the articles I’ve read have talked about the compensation principle, or that a lot of us reward ourselves with food after working out and eat back more than we burned…I admit I am sometimes guilty of that!
For me, the main reason I go to the gym is because I hate feeling “skinny fat”. I’m not really overweight (though I wouldn’t mind losing 5 lbs to get back down to wedding weight) but I’m not toned at all and I feel like my strength and endurance aren’t great.
I also think these types of studies put a lot of emphasis on the number on the scale rather than overall health, loss of inches, etc.
Post # 11
Also, as you’ll remember from Legally Blonde, exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t murder their husbands 😉
I think for your goal you should concentrate on gym time instead of just nutrition but keep in mind that when you get down to those last ten vanity pounds, those are nutrition pounds.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Exercise is key. If you lose weight through dieting alont, you will lose a disproportionate amount of muscle. Furthermore, the exercise will increase your metabolism thereby turbochargind the impact of your dieting. Also, exercise improves one’s mood, which can make a diet easier to stick with.
Post # 13
I believe weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise but I see exercise as key for health and body composition.
Post # 14
About a year ago I started going to the gym about 5-6 times a week doing an hour of cardio 3 or 4 days and weights 2 days. I have kept up with it and I feel great. However, I haven’t noticed much of a weight loss except when I change my diet. I think my butt is much more shapely now and i think my legs are a little thinner, so I’m not saying it doesn’t change your body. But if you want to just lose weight, I think that diet impacts it way more.
Post # 15
Since you are trying to build muscle and tone up, the gym is what you need! But if you were just trying to lose weight in general, yes it is harder to lose weight only working out and still eating cheeseburgers at every meal.
Post # 16
When I did weight watchers I lost 50 lbs just by diet, my Fiance lost close to 90 lbs on diet alone. Working out it great for you in that it helps tone your body, something that diet alone won’t do. It’s also better for your overall health, however if you are just trying to lose weight it will be hard to do it from just working out and not changing your diet.