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less food or more activity?


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when you think about losing weight, what is the first thought that pops into your head?  is it:  'i have to eat less!'  or 'i have to exercise more'.  i just find it interesting that over the last year i have changed from automatically considering cutting back on food to working my body harder/longer.  i know the ideal way is to do both reasonably.  but it seems we all just have a mindset (one way or the other).  Undecided what about you?

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I think less food AND more activity. I need both to lose weight.

In rehab (cardio rehab, not the other kind), they said that woman are more resistant to moving more and men are more resistant to eating less.  This is a general statement, but it was cetainly sure for my husband and I.  Whenever he wanted to lose weight, he would start going to the gym and whenever I wanted to lose weight I would go on a diet. 

We didnt' have any long term success unitl after my heart attack when we BOTH started changing our diet and going to the gym.  So after 20 plus years of being overweight or obese, we have lost 200 pounds between the two of us and are both at a healthy weight.

For me they go hand in hand, even though a beginner exerciser can't burn enough cals to make a significant difference in their weight.  I think it's a mind set, you exercise and don't want to "ruin" your hard work by blowing your healthy eating.  I know I do eat better when I am working out regularly.  Exercise becomes even more important once you get to the maintenance stage of weight loss.

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In rehab (cardio rehab, not the other kind), they said that woman are more resistant to moving more and men are more resistant to eating less.  This is a general statement, but it was cetainly sure for my husband and I.  Whenever he wanted to lose weight, he would start going to the gym and whenever I wanted to lose weight I would go on a diet. 

We didnt' have any long term success unitl after my heart attack when we BOTH started changing our diet and going to the gym.  So after 20 plus years of being overweight or obese, we have lost 200 pounds between the two of us and are both at a healthy weight.

That's amazing! Good for both of you!

I think when overweight it was easier to eat less and that I was more reluctant to move at all but I had depression issues too. Once I went from overweight to healthy BMI, I did both (light) activity and eating less. Now at about mid BMI, I am about even more activity (both cardio and heavy lifting) and eat less (BMR and above but still at deficits).

I love food...and I hate being hungry, so for me it was definitely moving more.  I learned to make smarter food choices but I still eat.  I also learned that for my body to be content I need approximately 2 kilos of food a day...so I substituted lower calorie foods for the higher calorie ones...but I still eat eat eat. 

Move more! I eat healthy but I eat a lot.... But I workout hard! 6 days a wk sometimes twice a day. And not walking either with a trainer or SPIn or bootcamp. I would rather sweat buckets then cut out all food.

I used to be the same way!  I love my 'diet' now that I have balance!  CC has helped so much with giving me a different approach which has changed my mindset and habits.. Smile

It took me years, but I finally listened when people said, "Weight loss begins with diet."  Logging my intake on CC has been a tremendous help, but I've also intensified my workouts.  Since I am still losing weight I try to keep a daily deficit.  Still, there are days when I indulge, and try to make up for it in the gym.  I don't think this would work on a daily basis--balance seems to be more effective for me in the long run--but I like knowing I have some control over my body.

I'd rather eat less than exercise more because I'm lazy and also when I exercise, I don't lose a lot of weight. When I don't exercise and just eat less, the pounds drop quickly.

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What an amazing journey!   Thank you for that huge dose of inspiration,miskay, and God bless you and hubby.

Hurray for both of you!!  You both look great!  This is my first post on here, and I understand where you're both coming from!  I, too, was the one who wound up in cardio rehab after a LAD stent that saved my life.  Without it, the 'widow maker' blockage would have caused me to probably drop dead without any notice.  Since then, my husband (who has had afib for 5 years) joined me in rehab and we're doing very well.  He's dropped a lot of weight fast.  Me, I just go very slowly.  My weight loves to stay on my body, but I've lost a lot of body fat and am wearing pants down from size 20 to size 16 and they're loose.  Can't complain, but I sure would like to drop another 20 lbs. 

But, the important thing I keep reminding myself is that I'm lucky to be alive and it is a new beginning.  Thanks for your motivation and keep it up!

Moving more makes me eat more. I exercised too hard by going to boot camp for a year and lost no weight (well 3 lbs only). my nutritionist said that working out so hard did not benefit me at all and suggested i do less rigorous activity. I still have not lost any weight, but I feel better than when i woke every morning so stiff that I felt I was 90 years old

More activity I think because it will make u feel better when ur done exersizing

Before religiously logging my food and finally getting a lid on my binge eating (fingers crossed) I always thought it was going from an athlete to almost completely sedentary that made me gain weight.

Looking at how much i have accomplished with BOTH dietary adjustments and getting back into a regular exercise routine , I would say both of them are important to achieving the end goal ...

BUT I definitely do more damage if i don't watch my eating and I feel if i don't exercise for xyz I can still keep on track by watching my food intake. I do manage to stick to my exercise routine but i don't think of it as the weight loss driver as much as the food aspect. It's the 'skinny toned' vs 'skinny flabby' motivation , my endorphin boost/addiction and over and above all of that , I always end up visualizing my nice healthy organs and arteries ....lol...weird I know but that's what makes me sprint up the hill even when I'm dying Laughing

Fun fact: diet is 85% and exercise is 15% of weightloss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEr-0Fi78jI

she's also got a video explaining it but I can't find it ;P (I love her vids btw)

I think about two things these days.  

 

1) Working out more is first and more intense workout AND changing it up a bit to not get in a rut 

 

2) Not eating less but eating better and eating more often.  Less food each time I eat but eating something every 2 to 3 hours.

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