(Closed) ‘why exercise won’t make you thin’- Time Magazine

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I actually read this a little while ago… it’s an interesting article and brings up what I was taught in health class years ago – weight loss is 80% what you eat, 20% exercise. I loved the tip about small things making more of a difference – I do short sessions of Pilates, and sometimes take the stairs all seven flights instead of waiting for the elevator, etc. 

Exercise still has other benefits that are really important, though, and for me some of them are mental – I don’t know what I’d do without horseback riding/running as my therapy! 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

When it comes down to it, the basic weight loss formula is calories in<calories out.  The article does have a valid point that if you ignore the calories in part of that formula, you won’t see results.  However, if you focus on both in conjunction, you’ll see better results than dieting alone.  Like lilyfaith, I exercise for lots of other reasons besides weight loss.  My bones, heart, muscles, and mental health are all stronger because of exercise, no matter what the scale says.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Exercise is important, but if you truly train to that sort of extent, then obviously you’ve hit the “athlete” range, not weight loss.

Its all about balance.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Interesting article indeed … but there’s something to be said for that as many of the ladies above have already stated – losing weight is all about the total package – I didn’t start dropping pounds until I started keeping a food diary and cutting things out of my diet … then the exercise did seem to help. So yeah, if you’re eating tons of junk food … the exercise won’t do squat for you – and if you’re constantly exercising the same way every day … then it’s not going to make you lose anymore weight. However, I’m scared people might read this and use it as an excuse to just sit on their butts more!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I read this last night and I have to say I agree and disagree. I work out often, sometimes for 2 hours a night if theres good classes…and sometimes I think I am always hungry! And then I crave everything. SO I do agree on that part. Now my goal is not to lose weight it is to tone up, and I have to say without exercise my body wouldn’t look the way it does now. Not that it is perfect or where I want it to be, but exercise has done so much for me. I can see alot of people reading that article and being like ok, im gonna cut back at the gym…and honestly I thought that last night too…but I think that is the wrong message. I do think eating right is the most important thing, but if ur trying to tone up your arms, tighten up your tummy and firm your butt and legs you just have to exercise!! And with that I’m off to the gym right now 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I have read articles that said running actually suppresses hunger for up to 4 hours (depends on how long you run).

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

That being said, I think I’ll have a lean cuisine for lunch today at work!  Here’s to the moderate exercisers here!  Cheers!

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