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Old 03-05-14, 08:41 PM   #1
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So I haven't lost a single pound since last Wednesday (today is Wednesday). I thought I would lose at least four pounds as I have been sticking to my diet. Now my therapist wants me to work out at least three times by next Wednesday.

I really don't want to do that. I called a friend who lost 50 pounds and has kept it off. She said she never works out and doesn't even walk and she still drinks a lot of alcohol.

I don't know, but the thought of strapping on shoes and getting on the treadmill makes me feel dread. At the same time, if another week went by and I lost 0 pounds I would feel crushed.

What do you think I should do?

Is exercising good for weight loss? I heard that exercising makes it harder to lose weight because you move around less during the day than you would have and it increases your appetite, leading you to eat more and underestimate how many calories you've eaten.

If you think I should go to the gym this week, how do I get motivated to do that? Is there a way to shift my perception so that I enjoy it?
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Old 03-05-14, 09:15 PM   #2
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Exercise can certainly help with losing weight. The trick is to find something that you enjoy doing! That will help keep you motivated.

Treadmills and other cardio equipment can be boring for sure. I make myself do it now, because I love how I feel after a run, and I'm sure as hell not running outside during the winter. Don't let your sense of dread stop you if you're set on going to the gym though - it can be a lot of fun, although it may not sound like it at first. I didn't like the idea of it at first, but it has become my sanctuary.

Running outside can be wonderful too, and you don't need a gym membership to start. Perhaps you'd rather take a class at the gym though, or maybe dance classes, or kickboxing, or join a sports team, or volunteer at a humane society (take some dogs jogging, burn calories!). There are tons of options. Pick something that sounds fun, and go for it!
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Old 03-05-14, 10:48 PM   #3
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Yes, you have to exercise. Although a good diet is most of it.

I mountain bike because I love the outdoors. Find something you like doing. You can see results in six weeks which will keep you motivated, trust me. And don't forget to throw in a cheat day once a week and eat some good food. :)

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Ironically the two times in my life when I lost the most weight, I did it almost entirely without exercise. My exercise consisted of walking. I just ate a *very* healthy diet (very little sugar, fats or processed food) and dramatically reduced the amount of calories that I ate.
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Old 03-29-14, 06:25 AM   #5
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For me I lost it with no exercise, but in all fairness I overate A LOT. Simply stopping the overeating (easier said than done) while still having all my proper meals in a day + snacks (and eating better food of course) I lost 15kg in about month, and my weight stayed at a steady level for the next two and a bit years. My weight loss was a bit too rapid in my opinion though.

But exercise definitely helps, and sometimes people have a bit more weight for various reasons. Also, being in a good weight range is important to health but so is keeping yourself fit. Even if you didn't want to loose weight a bit of exercise a week is really good for you.
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Old 03-29-14, 12:33 PM   #6
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I have to exercise. It makes me feel better about things and I know that it is best for my well being. If I don't exercise, I get crabbier and things just slide downhill.
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Change your eating habits.
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Old 11-12-14, 08:21 PM   #8
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Well here's something I can help with! Weight loss is as easy as it is not easy. To lose weight it is a simple understanding of exactly what the body is. Whatever is going into it will help you lose, or gain. So in order to lose weight, you have to think of the body as a machine in the simplest sense, and change your MIND.

Yes you can lose weight by not exercising, but exercising (and I mean even a simple walk a couple times a week) can improve your HEALTH overall by quite a bit. Just really hard to get into.

First off, cut your carbs back. This includes all your chips, pasta, bread, sandwhiches, anything that on the nutritional packaging says Carbohydrate, just cut it back. Increase your water, and when you see the scale going back be happy, but don't oggle. Take a day on the weekend and have your pizza. Then back to it Monday. When the scale stops dropping, decide what else you're going to cut back. Maybe processed foods in general? It's up to you and your body, it will never be an over night thing. But if you feel the gym is calling, go for it! It's a great way to feel good about yourself :) Send me a message if you need to talk or want to explore further. It's a big world; diet and exercise, I've been there :)
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Old 11-12-14, 09:36 PM   #9
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I've been most successful when I added exercise 4 days a week doing something I was comfortable with for an hour or 1.5 hours, plus cutting back on my eating. I never went on a big fancy diet or entirely cut any food group or anything, just tried to eat smaller meals and stay on my exercise. However you find going about the weight loss question so it works for you, best wishes!
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Old 07-10-15, 07:10 PM   #10
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It's not vital to make a point of exercising in order to lose weight, you just need to be burning off more calories than you take in - on a day to day basis. Which would mean quite a restricted diet if no exercise was involved. I think if the gym makes you feel dread, then don't go - it's not fair on you to be doing something that you don't enjoy and will make it a whole less likely that you could stick to it anyway. Maybe you could get involved in a team sport, or kick-boxing, running, even just long walks outdoors. Have a look at what's happening in your area that you could get involved in. Also, exercise is good for boosting your mood so it has two-fold advantage :) and that should inspire you to carry on once you've managed to motivate yourself to get started. It's really difficult though, I know - but so worth it once you begin to see the results.
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