Health Tip: Don’t Work-Out To Lose Weight…What?!?

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The title of this post may need some explaining…

The idea that some people have that working-out is the best way to lose weight and get that tight body we all want isn’t an entirely accurate way of thinking. Don’t get me wrong, working-out is a very important part of getting in shape, but it’s not the only piece of the puzzle. In my opinion, when it comes to weight loss, having a healthy diet is more important than working-out. Let me explain…

Case in point – In my early 20’s, I worked-out like a madman with both weights and the treadmill, but I never seemed to lose that last 10 pounds that I was looking to shed. The reason?…I ate like crap! I indulged in pizza, macaroni and cheese, ice-cream, lots of pasta, and all of the other comfort foods that we all crave. Once I finally learned to change my diet to include things like whole wheat bread, pastas, and even pizza, along with keeping an eye on portions during each meal, I shed about 30 pounds within 6 months! The kicker is that during this time, I barely worked-out at all!

The moral of the story is that while exercising is a vital piece of the pie when it comes to weight loss, it’s not necessarily the end-all of the weight loss equation – it’s just a piece of the puzzle. The foods you eat have a drastic effect on your weight and just a few small changes in your diet will have a huge effect on your weight loss goals.

So instead of working-out for the sole purpose of losing weight, work-out for your heart health, stress relief, and for its mood-boosting qualities, and let your diet take care of shedding the pounds.

5 Responses to Health Tip: Don’t Work-Out To Lose Weight…What?!?
  1. Umma

    I totally agree with you.. event hough you go exercise and you indulge yourself with food.. you will never lost weight at all, I think the result will be the opposite.

    But eating small portion really helps. That’s what my plan for this year too.. bec I gained weight due to pigging out from the holiday parties huhuhu.

  2. admin

    I think we’ve all gained weight from the holiday season feasts 🙂

    Portion-control is a great tip and very effective too. It’s hard to get used to small portions for the first couple of weeks, but after that, your body gets used to the smaller amounts of food.

  3. Jeanine

    I agree with you. Exercise can help but eating less is really the best way to lose weight. But I do like the toning that exercise provides. It makes you look like you’ve lost weight, even if you haven’t.

  4. spindiva

    Amen to that. I have a client who wants to loose weight but he keeps not following the prescribed method and keeps going back to the old walking on the treadmill and doing a few light weight reps then he gets frustrated when he sees no changes. I reminded him today to remember how great he feels after a good hard workout instead of an easy workout – he agrees, hope to see some changes this year.

    Exercise=free energy so why not do it?! Thanks for sharing this message.

  5. xeugenex

    Actually eating more and exercising more will not help loose the big belly and extra skin in you. Your fat will become more tight and will be hard to loose. (base on my experience). I Am still struggling to loose mine right now. 😀

    by the way – I saw this site through “How to Set up a Simple Website” site. Thanks for the Info.

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