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Old 09-05-2002, 08:15 AM   #1
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the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple???

sorry for interupting
... actually if i ask everyone .. they would answer the same
yeah..
how to lose weight??
eat less and exercise

thats simple but is that really true
if yes why dont i lose ???

 
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Old 09-05-2002, 08:51 AM   #2
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

Yes, it really is that simple.

Your body will lose weight if you burn fewer calories than you need. You will gain if you eat more than you burn. And if you manage to get it just right, you'll maintain.

Of course, every person's body is different. For example, regardless of the number of calories I eat, I find weight loss easier when I'm getting several servings of veggies in a day.

Oh, and one more thing to add to the equation, you really do need to make sure that you're staying hydrated. The easiest way to do this is to drink plenty of water. You know you're hydrated when your urine is a light straw color (not transparent, not dark)

 
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Old 09-05-2002, 10:16 AM   #3
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

Sorry, but it's not that simple. While effective weight loss essentially boils down to eating less and exercise, how you go about it is the key. If it were that simple, tehn someone who normally requires 2500 calories per day could skip breakfast and lunch, eat 2000 calories worth of pizza for dinner and still lose weight. If it were that simple, then someone might think they could eat some cookies and then go running and still lose weight. Effective weight loss requires following a more complicated set of rules about eating and exercise. You need to know what to eat and when. You also need to be smart about your exercise. More is not necessarily better. You need to understand the different kinds of exercise, when to perform them, how to perform them, and under what preconditions. If you're interested, I can summarize what these rules are. Chances are you'll find them scattered throughout other threads. Following one or two of these rules like the one about water isn't enough. These rules need to be applied together or else they won't work.

 
Old 09-05-2002, 10:40 AM   #4
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

sure
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Old 09-05-2002, 10:56 AM   #5
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

I'd be interested to see it all summed up as well! Bring it on Some...! :-)

Mel

 
Old 09-05-2002, 11:09 AM   #6
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

actually i dont know if there is such a rules
i mean just eating a little bit and exercise is the key of losing weight
but somehow people just couldnt lose .. maybe its just because their type of body which is easily getting fat
dont u think?

 
Old 09-05-2002, 11:25 AM   #7
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

Lisa,

I agree with Someguy... you can't change just one or 2 things, and the food choices you make trying to reduce calories is important. (I loved the skipped meal and pizza reference) Generally frequent smaller meals will also aid in keeping your metabolism working rather than slowing down. Add exercise is very important - and it doesn't always mean you have to go to a gym 2 hours a day.

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Old 09-05-2002, 11:48 AM   #8
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

Well, I speak from personal expereince. I'm not a doctor or a scientist, but I do know that you CAN eat cookies and go running and lose weight because I HAVE. I never gave up cookies, please, what fun would live be without chocolate chip cookies?

While you're less likely to be successful if you choose to eat all of your calories in one meal, I still think it could be done. Thats not something that I've tried because when I get hungry I HAVE to eat.

You do not have to eat at certain times .. well, actually you do, you should eat WHEN you're hungry and you should eat WHAT you're hungry for.

If your goals are better health and lower weight, then you need to eat better and exercise consistently. If your goals are more advanced then that (you want to compete in a marathon or other endurance sport, you want to be a body-builder) then you might have to worry about more than your calorie level and exercise routine.

 
Old 09-05-2002, 12:29 PM   #9
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to throw my two cents in here. I know for myself I can not eat cookies and then go run and lose weight. I have to completely cut out sodas, sweets, carbs etc.

For me the key for my weightloss was burning more calories than I was eating.

Everyones body is different and will lose weight either fast or slow. It took me two years to find out what worked for me.

I personally dont know if there is a rule of thumb, so to speak for losing weight. Exercise is a key factor, eating healthy, and drinking water.

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Old 09-05-2002, 01:40 PM   #10
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

I agree with Sinnarah that everyone's body is different, and I think I stated that before as well. Everyone will have different tricks that work for them. I have to eat at least 4 servings of produce a day and I have to drink water. But I think a lot of that is mental as well, for me anyway. I feel like I'm doing well if I do those things and I'm a lot less likely to give into other cravings, etc.

Eating cookies and then going out for a run isn't optimal, obviously. Cookies are high cal and low nutrition and will leave you hungry again soon, and therefore more likely to eat again and raising your total calorie intake. But if you can do that and still keep your calories sane (pretty tough thing) then you'll lose.

 
Old 09-05-2002, 03:29 PM   #11
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chelle1977:
<B>I do know that you CAN eat cookies and go running and lose weight because I HAVE.

While you're less likely to be successful if you choose to eat all of your calories in one meal, I still think it could be done.

You do not have to eat at certain times

You should eat WHEN you're hungry and you should eat WHAT you're hungry for.

If your goals are better health and lower weight, then you need to eat better and exercise consistently. If your goals are more advanced then that then you might have to worry about more than your calorie level and exercise routine.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Chelle, I disagree with everything you just said.

1) Eating cookies before running is self-defeating. The whole reason you're running is to burn off stored fat. But if you eat first, then the calories you'll end up burning are from the cookies, not from stored fat.

2) Getting all your daily calories in one meal is wrong. The body doesn't think in terms of calories per day. It thinks in terms of calories per meal. It can only use so many calories at once. And if one meal has too many calories for the body to use, the leftovers get stored as fat. It doesn't matter if the total is still than your daily requirement. You flood your system with that much glucose and you're guaranteeing that some of it will be stored away as fat.

3) You DO have to eat at certain times and at certain intervals. If the time between meals is too long, the metabolism slows down. If you skip breakfast, the metabolism slows down. If you eat your meals too close together, you flood your body with more food than it can handle at once. If you eat a high carb meal before bed, which is when your metabolism is slowing down, you risk gaining weight. There are so many reasons why you need to pay attention to WHEN you're eating and they all have to do with how your metabolism works.

4) You should NOT wait until you're hungry before eating. Hunger is nothing more than a response of the stomach telling you it's empty. But there's no mechanism where the body realizes it needs more energy and then sends a signal to the stomach to start growling. If you're hungry, then it's already too late. The stomach continously releases acids cause it assumes you'll always be should be in a state of equilibrium where food is leaving it at the same time more food is coming in. Waiting until you're hungry before eating is like waiting until you're thirsty before drinking. In both cases, you've waited too long.

5) You should NOT eat what you're hungry for. I can't believe you would suggest this. This is how people gain weight in the first place.

6) Counting calories and watching your exercise routine is not just for bodybuilders, athletes, or those with higher goals. It should be done by everybody. Saying it's just for people with advanced goals is the lazy way out.

 
Old 09-05-2002, 03:46 PM   #12
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

Well, someguy, it works for me. I'm healthy, I lost 70lbs that way, and I'm happy.

I've not heard that bit about it being "too late" if you wait til your hungry to eat, though I have heard that about thirst and agree. The reason I recommend waiting til you're hungry to eat is because many people are overweight because they eat for reasons OTHER than hunger (emotions) and that causes weight gain. I don't think you should wait til you're STARVING, but when you first think, "I'm hungry again". Or maybe vs. hunger you would say, "I'm no longer satisfied". On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being extreme hunger, you should eat when you start to feel level 1-2.

Obviously, you have to use good sense when you choose the foods that you eat and when, but it doesn't have to follow strict rules. Strict rules are what discourage people to stick to a healthy plan for life. Its why people give "diets" up. If you're going to maintain your weight, you have to allow yourself imperfections.

If you enjoy being strict with yourself, fine, some people can do that. But it doesn't have to be that way. What works for you isn't right for everyone and I'm only offering other solutions. I used to post on a different site with a group of 20 Somethings (mostly women) and we all followed this approach and in general, we were all successful meeting our goals.

 
Old 09-06-2002, 02:56 AM   #13
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

I agree Chelle. I eat when I am hungry and only when I am hungry. It's not to late at that point. I'm not sure I agree on the eat what your hungry for point but everything else sounds good.

 
Old 09-06-2002, 05:36 AM   #14
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

Hi SomeGuy--
Just curious...where did you get your information?

 
Old 09-06-2002, 07:46 AM   #15
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Re: the secret of weight loss is Eating less (few) and exercise ?? only that simple??

V6 Jeep 4x4

When I say eat what you're hungry for, I do mean within your calorie range. I'm just saying that you don't have to completely give up your favorite foods to lose weight. I think you might find that you're more successful in weight loss if you allow yourself moderate amounts of your favorites so you don't feel deprived.

I think the number one reason people quit "diets" and have trouble with weight loss and maintenance is because they feel like there are strict rules they need to follow to be "Good" and that if you're "bad", you might as well give up. I know for a fact that you can eat cookies, pizza and McDonalds and whatever else and still lose because I did it.

Here's an example .. when I was in college, my daily diet looked something like this

B: McDonalds Value Meal - two breakfast burritos, 1 hash brown and a medium Sprite OR a package of donut sticks and a 32oz Mt. Dew.
S: Snickers bar
L: Taco Bell - two chili cheese burritos, 1 medium Mt. Dew
S: Other vending machine junk
D: a WHOLE BOX of Mac & Cheese, a medium pizza something like that.

No wonder I gained 80lbs in college, huh? I drank almost nothing other than soda, and no water. I ate next to no vegetables. And I ate out 3 meals a day often as not.

When I decided I needed to get some weight off, if I decided I wanted McD's for breakfast I'd get 1 breakfast burrito, 1 hashbrown, small OJ. College version was 850 calories. Diet version was 530 calories. If I was really trying to keep my calories down, I left the hashbrown out. And I ate there less often. I went from every day, to once every couple of weeks. Plus, I started eating fruit & vegetables.

I added water, cut out regular soda, keep my diet to one or two a day.

I started exercising. I wasn't getting ANY in college .. I didn't even walk to class, I drove.

 
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