Cuz that's been on my mind for awhile now.
I've long suspected this. Whenever I hear people talk about exercising to lose weight I mentally shake my head. Have you ever counted calories expended on a typical 20 minute exercise bike? You use up enough to make up for a cookie. Not even a very big cookie. I realize about metabolism, yeah. I plan on walking the dog (now that The Winter of Our Discontent is
behind us). But I won't do anything too strenuous; it's tough for me to
take an hour out anyway and exercise makes me hungry.
I lost 30 pounds a few years back by basically counting calories. I did two things.
1. I kept the diet to about 1100-1400 per day, though I really did well, obviously, when I was on the shorter end of that. 2. I also wrote down what I ate.
I had to get pretty rigorous to really lose, pretty much looking at
every bite that went in my mouth. That's what it takes. I didn't
exercise a whit. I also never felt better in my life.
I did Weight Watchers, which lets you "bank" calories and also gives you enough to go tie one on of an evening, as long as it's light beer. I tried WW two years ago again but the plan had changed and I lost so slowly it was painful. (They let you eat more, for one.. Hey, the slower you lose, the more money they make, right?) So now I'm going it on my own, which I figure would be better for me in the long run anyway.
I'm doing it again, but it's a bit of a slow start. New habits and all that. But I've managed okay and lost a pound and a half. Not stellar. But I know that, say, next week, if I stick to the program I could drop as much as five pounds in a week. That's pretty common, actually, to drop a lot at first like that if you're really doing the program.
I don't have as much to lose as when I did weight watchers, and I'm not planning on getting that low again. For one, I'm almost ten years on and I'm not sure I'm supposed to be that skinny. But we'll see. I wasn't planning on getting as low as I did when I did WW either, so it might happen.
Anyway, that's one of the things I'm doing.
Insert your weight loss successes and trials and tribulations in the comments. :D