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Re: diet and exercise don't always work

Re: diet and exercise don't always work

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Posted by Matt on November 09, 2000 at 10:35:03:

In Reply to: diet and exercise don't always work posted by Jenny on November 07, 2000 at 15:51:51:

: my body is "energy deficient"; when I try to lose weight through diet and exercise, even though I follow the guidelines, my body just will not let go of the last 20 pounds. I am 130 and would like to be 110. Also I am 5 foot 4.

: I spent the last few days moving and unpacking with constant physical activity. As I would get around to where I would lose weight, I would get weak-kneed and light-headed and would be forced to eat. In this way, my body refuses to let me cross the thresh-hold where I can lose weight by eating fewer calories than the amount I burn.

: My husband says this is because I go on starvation diets. That I eat so little that my body just shuts down instead of providing me with the energy I need. However what he doesn't understand is that if I were able to lose weight on a 1400 calorie diet, I would not be eating less than this in a form of desperation.

: Has anyone else had the same experience? What do you do if diet and exercise DON'T pay off?

: p.s. I would also like to mention that I do eat healthful food; whole grains and beans, fruits and vegetables.

Diet and exercise do work you just need to make sure you are doing the right type. It is true that if you don't give your body enough of what it needs it will shut down. It is possible to eat more and actually lose weight. How you ask? Well you have to eat more often(4-5 small meals) in the day, just eat smaller balanced meals with a good source of protien in every meal. Protiens are necessary in maintaining the lean mass (muscle) you have. Too many people try to lose weight just by aerobic exercise alone, if you tried to do a little resistance training to shape and tone you muscles you wouldn't be disappointed. Trust me 10 pounds of muscle look totally different than 10 pounds of fat.
What ever you do don't give up on diet and exercise, just know that you don't have to starve yourself to get results.

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