June 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm #30271
Indeed! I don’t necessarily think all the science is bad (although weight-loss pills, I’m sending a side-eye in your direction) but I think what is really bad is a lot of the science reporting. And people like to pretend that we and science in general knows a lot about overall health and diet and weight loss when in reality? We actually know very little at all.
The most interesting obesity research I’ve seen recently has provided solid evidence that weight is not directly correlated with health, and isn’t causal for a lot of health issues like CVD, if you can believe it! Two people can weigh different amounts, but if their cholesterol, blood lipids, fasting blood glucose, resting heart rate etc are equal, they are equally healthy. So it’s time to get rid of the belief that weight and health are the same thing.June 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm #30272
I guess the saying “don’t eat your workout” is applicable here…haha. I get what they’re saying though – my normal level of workouts (about 1 hour 4-5x/week, mix of strength and cardio) didn’t really change my weight. I still wear all the same sizes and the same clothes from 4 years ago still fit. I think everyone kind of has a natural equilibrium. But I have gotten way more toned and happier with how I look.
The only time I do lose weight is when I’m training for half marathons…but even then I bet it’s only a pound or so, even though during that time I’m working out 6x/week about 1.5 hours each. I guess if I kept that up I would keep losing.June 18, 2012 at 11:57 am #30542
Definitely agree with the “don’t eat your workout.” every so often, I keep track of my calories on “lose it” just to get back in balance. I really dont’ need to eat THAT much more if I do a hard workout that day. Okay, maybe adjust with more protein and recovery stuff, but it’s maybe 300 calories more. Not the 1,000 I burned.
Also.. just got my health screening done!!! great numbers on my good and bad cholesterol! wahoo! This is from my ‘moderation’ eating habits.. which include butterJune 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm #30570
Yeah the key to losing weight is 80% diet, and 20% exercise. Strenght training does help burn a small amount of calories more, but it is much more important to actually keep the lean muscle you have. You actualy can’t gain muscle on a calorie deficit anyway. A lot of people get stonger by lifting weights while on a diet, but they aren’t gaining muscle they are just strengthen the muscle they already have… but it is still very important!June 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm #30572
The funny thing is that it says to not eat your work out which is true if you aren’t watching what you eat, but for me, I am actually counting calories now, and set up in a deficit so when I do workout I’m suppose to eat those calories back, sometimes I workout just so I can eat more like if I’m going out with friends for drinks and dinner, but I still log everything I eat so I know how much I went over, and if it fits in with how many calories I burned in a day. If anybody is looking into just losing weight by being more active, and you are a bit of a competative person I suggest getting a fitbit, it drives me to walk everywhere I go, and walk up escalotors, and talk a walk everyday at work, and it has helped, because I’ve lost 36lbs so far in under three months just by making my lifestyle more active like this suggest.
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