Do you need to exercise to loose weight? No! To loose weight you need to consume less calories than it takes to haul your carcass around each day. Less calories = less body. Now that”s a number I can live with! It sounds so simple but actually giving up those calories is alot harder than it sounds! (I have a hard time giving up maple frosted donuts but I can’t eat just a bite of those!) It is easy to make the assumption that we have to exercise to loose weight but if we exercise and consume MORE calories than we burn, we will still gain weight even though we exercised! I did boot camp a few years ago and gained weight! Yes, I was burning 500 calories an hour and gained weight! I felt I could eat “extra” calories because I had worked so hard. So I am not surprised when I hear some people eat more when they are physically active. Am I advocating you don’t exercise? No, I believe exercise is a PART of a healthy lifestyle. I think there are many benefits to exercise…especially as we age. We each need to find what physical activity we enjoy that can become part of our lifestyle. BUT you can loose weight without exercise!
Ok, you might have noticed I am not very computer savvy (plain blog, no pics) but I do know alot about dieting. So if you can bear the plain blog I will be starting a “Dieting tips” in the next few days. They are tips I am using or have used in the past. So for today: Calories do count!
It all boils down to this…CALORIES! In the past few months the diet world is finally coming full circle, back to counting calories. I remember twenty years (maybe it was thirty, UGH) counting calories was the way to weight loss. Then one new diet after another starting infiltrating our minds: low fat, low carb, vegetarian, exercise till you feel the burn, soup diets, fruit diets, liquid diets, cookie diets, all the diets the movie stars promote, etc. and when it is all said and done…you have to count calories! So I am headed out today to buy a calorie counting book. Do I really want to know how many calories I am really consuming…I am hoping my numbers don’t rival our national debt…