(Closed) What Factors Make You Lose Weight?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: What factors do you focus on to achieve your fitness goals?
    Healthy diet all the time : (75 votes)
    33 %
    Restrictive diets to get those pounds off at first, then a healthy diet to maintain : (24 votes)
    11 %
    Normal diet (eat whatever) : (10 votes)
    4 %
    Cleanses/detoxes : (1 votes)
    0 %
    Pills/supplements : (3 votes)
    1 %
    Strenuous physical activity (exercising hard at the gym, high-impact sports) : (69 votes)
    30 %
    Moderate physical activity (walking more, taking the stairs, etc.) : (44 votes)
    19 %
    I don't pay too much attention to exercise : (2 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think you have to have a delicate balance. My FH thinks I eat very healthy but need to exercise more. Where on the other hand he loves to exercise but eats terrible, he’s a Snack-a-saurus Rex! together we’d make the perfect blend of healthy eating and exercise!

    Post # 4
    12689 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

    I kinda disagree.  For one thing, exercising is the thing that keeps me motivated!  I’m more likely to eat healthier if I have been exercising so I don’t “mess it up.”  I think the two just go hand-in-hand so much!  Yes, you do eat more when you exercise hard, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that one cancels the other out.  If you work out really hard at the gym, and then scarf something unhealthy right after, your body will automatically burn most of it off!  has to do with your glycemic index or something.  Anyway, the point is exercise works!  For me, it is the only thing that works.  You just can’t do the same thing over and over–you have to mix it up and trick your body into thinking you’re doing something new. 

    Post # 5
    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    I am always at least moderately active, but the thing that makes me drop pounds is paying attention to my diet. I have to restrict myself *a lot* (otherwise I am a tortilla chip fiend) but once I am able to cut the snacking, pounds fall off.

    Of course, sometimes totally ignoring everything and doing whatever I feel like results in lost weight too, apparently, since I just wore a bridesmaid dress to a wedding last night that practically fell off me since the alterations a month ago (a month in which I paid absolutely no attention to my diet whatever). Oops! But I was under a lot of stress, so maybe I didn’t eat as much as I thought.

    Post # 6
    1573 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    everything in moderation is my motto

    Post # 7
    796 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    I might be with the 1970s doctors! When you think about it, the most calories I can burn at the gym, even working really hard, is probably about 500, and I usually don’t get to 500. Even though that SEEMS like a lot, 350-400 calories is eaiser to cut out in your diet on a daily basis.

    Although, when I am exercising consistently, it does motivate me to eat healthier…I don’t want to waste all the hard work I put in at the gym! Plus, you do feel a lot better, and if I were ever to lose enough weight to see muscle tone, that would be inspiring, too! 🙂

    Post # 8
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I exercise moderately and eat pretty healthily on a regular basis. When I notice I’m getting a little heavier than I want, I try to cut calories from drinks. I love soda and beer and try to eliminate those.

    I’ll also kick the workouts up a notch (from a long walk or half jog to actually running or jogging for a longer time) to remind myself how hard it is to burn those 200 calories I can drink so quickly.

    Your article has a good point, though, and I catch myself allowing more bad foods when I work out!

    Post # 9
    495 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    A healthy diet with some splurges + exercise is the best for me!

    Post # 10
    483 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I totally agree w mouse 🙂

    Post # 11
    1156 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

    i worked out hard with a trainer 3-4 times a week, but I didn’t lose a single pound until I changed my diet.  i think both are very important, but diet makes a bigger difference for me. 

    Post # 12
    7053 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    What diet did you go on Mrs. Bee? 

    Post # 13
    50 posts
    Worker bee

    there has to be a good balance between eating healthy and exercise.. it won’t be a healthy or effective weight loss if all you do is ONLY change your diet (with no exercise) or ONLY exercise (and make poor food choices). you have to make changes to BOTH.

    So for me personally.. i play sports and eat fairly healthy.. and don’t eat a whole lot if it’s unhealthy 😉

    I lost a few lbs in one week in march this year.. getting your wisdom teeth out will do that though hehe

    Post # 14
    452 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    if you want to get into the science of it, 3500 calories = 1 lb roughly, so you can either work off 3500 calories (running about 35 miles, since the average person burns off 100 calories per mile), or eat less. physically, it’s easier to eat less. mentally, it’s easier to work it off (although working out can sometimes be mentally challenging). i believe in moderation, but 80% of weight loss is diet. i work out because diet alone is not going to keep me toned. being skinny is one thing, being toned is another.

    Post # 15
    3332 posts
    Sugar bee

    Personally, I work out for the health benefits, not just because it helps me lose weight.  I find it’s a great stress reliever and I actually just enjoy working out.  Also, I have a history of heart disease in my family, so I want to increase my cardiovascular health to do everything I can to prevent this from happening to me. 

    Also, I can work out all day long, but the only way I seem to lose weight is to eat a healthy, balanced diet.  I think it’s a metabolism/age thing–just working out really doesn’t do enough for me at this point.  I don’t eat a restrictive diet–just eat mostly healthy foods in proper portion sizes.  I do splurge occasionally, just so that I don’t feel too deprived.  However, I keep track of calories, so if I splurge, I build it into my day.  I don’t eat more just because I burn calories working out.  I feel like Miss Mouse, working out makes me feel better, which motivates me to eat better and take better care of myself.

    Post # 16
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    In my experience as a trainer it’s about 60-80% diet and 20-40% exercise for successful weightloss!

    We live in a society where portions are too big and food is high in fat, salt and is often processed! So the majority of people who work their butts off at the gym and don’t see results it’s because they are eating those results away!

    Individuals who watch their diet, eat healthy and proper portions will see results without exercise but exercise will increase the speed of seeing results as well as exercise has many other health benefits!

    Personally, I love to work out it keeps me mentally and physically balanced but if I want to see results I have to eat well and continue my work-outs!

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