While the title of this article was written with tongue planted firmly in cheek, it does contain an element of truth. How so? Because when it comes to losing weight, your diet is far more important than the amount of exercise you do. Not only that, but when it comes to your weight loss efforts, exercise can be a complete waste of time if you overcompensate with your diet.
Don’t get me wrong – enjoyable exercise should be a part of your life, but it is not the panacea for healthy living. Growing evidence from scientific studies show that if you attempt to lose weight only by exercising more, you’re likely to fail. Meanwhile, attempting to lose weight with dieting alone has a far greater success rate.
So remember this: exercising more is not an excuse to eat more. If you treat it as such, you’ll probably find that you lose no weight (or even put weight on as you eat more additional calories than you burned off). Increasing the amount of exercise you do should be seen as a boost to your weight loss/management efforts, not an excuse to binge.
I recently argued that yo-yo dieting can be good for you if you take a holistic approach to health. However, I recognise that such a statement, if not properly qualified, could be misconstrued. There is no doubt in my mind that the healthy bounds of yo-yo dieting can be (and often are) abused, but that in itself does not make yo-yo dieting a bad thing.
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Calorie tracking websites and apps are hugely popular – many people will go to meticulous lengths to log their calorie consumption. That doesn’t jive with the Healthy Enough approach though. Fastidiously tracking calorie consumption is far too time consuming (and not particularly accurate). However, simply tracking what you eat is easy enough to do, and can make a huge difference to your weight loss efforts.
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The same exercise can be exciting or boring depending upon the context. For example, I’m not a big fan of running, but if a ball is involved I’ll be happy sprinting all over the place.
That’s where zombies come in. In this article I have three zombie-related, exercise-related suggestions for you, of which each can help you to burn fat while having a pretty awesome time.
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The US Department of Health & Human Services recommends a bare minimum of two and a half hours of “moderate-intensity aerobic activity” and two sessions of “muscle-strengthening activities” per week.
That’s all very well and good, but trying to adhere to such strict and measured guidelines is not a sustainable means of staying in shape for many of us. In fact, being subject to such perceived pressure can in fact have the opposite effect (i.e. “If I can’t do that, I might as well do nothing”).
I believe that in order to create sustainable exercise habits, you could benefit from ignoring government recommendations and focusing on something else altogether.
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In a recent post I argued that there is no reliable evidence for the negative health implications of yo-yo dieting. Today I want to go one step further by arguing that yo-yo dieting can in fact be good for you – perhaps not in the strictest biological sense, but in terms of your general health and wellbeing.
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Back in 2009 I did quite a lot of running and followed a pretty strict diet.
I would calorie count down to the last gram of food, keeping a detailed log of everything I ate. It was utterly ridiculous. However, it seemed to be effective – over the course of nine months or so I lost nearly 30lbs and was the lightest I have ever been in my adult life.
It doesn’t mean that my method was optimum though. After all, if you’re running 20–30 miles per week and eating dramatically less than you normally would, the weight is bound to fall off you. One thing’s for sure: my new eating regime certainly wasn’t enjoyable.
In this post I want to explain why calorie counting isn’t the only approach to dieting, and offer up a completely different (and far more intuitive) approach that will never leave you hungry.
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Most of us don’t like the word “exercise.” It is associated with many negative connotations such as pain, suffering, and toil. A lifetime of trying to exercise has led us to hate the very notion of it. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn to love the idea of exercise in just the time it takes to read the rest of this article.
Let’s start by defining exercise.
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For many of us, our diets fail in-between meals. We might eat quite healthily when it comes to mealtime, only to be let down by unhealthy snacking in the afternoon and evening. With that in mind, logic dictates that if you can modify your snacking behavior, you can improve your diet and lose weight. In this article I have one simple suggestion that can help you do just that.
The key is to make yourself work for it. Don’t ban yourself from eating the snacks that you love, but make the process of getting your hands on them more difficult.
Will this really help? Science says yes – it’s all to do with convenience.
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We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Have you ever questioned that axiom? If you are willing to divorce yourself from the idea that breakfast is a necessity, you may be able to adjust your diet to better suit your body’s needs and lose weight at the same time.
Cutting out an entire meal can seem pretty daunting, especially considering that breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. Past studies have claimed that eating breakfast provides many benefits for health and weight loss: it boosts your metabolism, prevents you from overeating, positively affects your mood and more (depending upon who you speak to).
However, these claims are often based upon dated, small-scale studies that follow spurious lines of reasoning. More recent studies have concluded that breakfast is no more important than any other meal when it comes to weight loss, and that skipping it can in fact lead to weight loss.
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