Thanks for sharing that information. I knew the 3500 calories = 1 lb. And my dr. had once told me (before the weightloss) that exercise alone would not do the job. But to put it in the terms of eating 1 bad thing a day...wow! As a person who stuggles with, "oh, this one thing won't hurt" this was an eye opener..
Thanks for sharing!..
Excercise is very important for health and is great for maintaining weight, but you cant lose by excercise alone.
You get to the weight you want in the kitchen and to the body you want in the gym..
I read that in an article recently and it was huge eye opener. That if you want to lose weight and you burn 300 calories you cannot turn around and eat 300 more calories. The article went on to say never eat back more than half the calories you burn...
Oh and Adele I love that you are paying forward the information you have learned not only by sharing with us but by having a support forum in your community. That is wonderful...
You need to factor in the calories your body burns during a day's time when you are not exercising. Yes, I burn X calories during my formal exercise, but my body is also burning calories during the course of the day by my normal activities of living, the body burns calories while keeping my body functioning (basal metabolic rate), I even burn some calories during the process of digestion. A real eye opener to how we burn calories is to wear a body bugg. 92% accurate in clinical trials in tracking how many calories one burns in a day. The after burn of calories after formal exercise time is amazing to witness to see how the body continues to burn cals after exercise..
Exercise is key, but yes in getting the wt. off food is King. We still really have to watch the food intake during reduction to get the pounds off. At the end of the day losing weight, maintaining weight, and gaining weight is still all about calories in vs. calories out..
Also a 200 pound body will burn more calories in a day's time just to keep it functioning vs. a 130 pound body. Thus exercise is also very important in maintaining a desired weight. All my humble opinion of course..
Excellent quote Lynne. It really puts it in perspective...
A coke away from your old weight, that is a real eye opener. Thanks Adele!!..
Over 20 yrs if you missed your maintenance calories by 48 calories per day, you would gain 100 lbs...
So I have posted before how I love DR A's book "Habits of Health" and the workbook. So I started a group here where I live that focuses on Weight loss/maintenance and we are working the "Habits of Health"..
Well, in prepping for our meeting, I was researching some things that I just have to share!.
As we know, 3500 cals = 1 pound. If you want to lose 2 pounds per week, you need to create a defecit of 7000 calories..
Well, when I was 200lbs, to maintain that weight I could/would eat 2007 cals per day. If I wanted to lose weight by excercising, say "Lap swimming", 1 hour burns 637 calories..
So to sum this up, when I was 200 pounds, if I wanted to lose 2 pounds per week, I would have to swim almost ELEVEN HOURS PER WEEK!.
Here is the math: To burn 7000 calories 7000/637=10.98 hours.
Dr A writes in his book, (Paraphrasing here!) excercise is very important for health and is great for maintaining weight, but you cant lose by excercise alone.
Taking this a bit further, the difference between the 200 lb old me and the 128 new me?.
Calories to maintain 200lbs: 2007.
Calories to maintain 128: 1625.
Difference 375!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! calories.
Guess what that is guys? A LARGE CHERRY COKE! (430 cals) or A CHICK-FIL-ET Sandwich! (425 cals) OR A QUARTER POUNDER w/CHEESE! (430 cals) or A STARBUCKS CARMEL FRAPPACHINO (390 cals)!!!!!!!!!!.
Thats is the difference. Just a coke away from my old body...amazing..
WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!..