Exercise doesn't help you lose weight...say what?

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  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 46,032 Member
    From excercise alone i went from a size 50 in pants to a 38 thats without changing my eating habits.
    So you burned more than you consumed. That's called a calorie deficit. If you consumed your TDEE, you won't lose weight. Exercise doesn't cause the weight loss, it's not eating up to your TDEE.

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  • chrislee1628
    chrislee1628 Posts: 304 Member
    Doesn't matter how much you exercise, if you eat too much you will gain

    Eating less is what mainly helps you lose weight, but also fuel those muscles, provide nutrients etc

    Exercising helps you lose weight quicker and build muscle as well as making you body healthier, such as heart, lungs etc which eating does not

    So both is just as important as each other
  • Latestarter2018
    Latestarter2018 Posts: 15 Member
    I think men seem to respond better to weight loss through excercise than women (just my experience) I have lost about 30 pounds and did it through calorie deficit. I have tried many times to lose weight by excercise and being sensible with food. It just didn't work for me. The harder I worked out the more hungry I became and the more I ate....
    I just try and get in as much "incidental" activity as I can through taking the stairs and parking further away ect. For me - it is all about the food.
  • fatcity66
    fatcity66 Posts: 1,556 Member
    I've never been able to lose a significant amount of weight without increasing my activity/exercise, so it works for me! :smiley:
  • Nony_Mouse
    Nony_Mouse Posts: 5,647 Member
    @fatcity66, you're bumping posts that are over two years old ;)
  • fatcity66
    fatcity66 Posts: 1,556 Member
    @Nony_Mouse Sorry, I'm bored at work. The last post was actually just June of this year though, in my defense. LOL
  • Amanda387575
    Amanda387575 Posts: 1 Member
    I’ve heard that exercise does help you to lose weight in conjunction with a balanced diet but it’s the myth that getting your heart rate going etc will help you lose weight that is wrong...that’s what I read anyway.
  • Caralarma
    Caralarma Posts: 171 Member
    So I agree with the comments above that diet is the most important thing, with exercise being a good way to supplement your weight loss and help you look lean. So that being said, why do shows like The Biggest Loser focus so much on exercise and hardly show anything regarding diet? I've always wondered what the obese contestants are eating because they make it seem like rigorous exercise is all these people need and if they miss a workout they wont lose weight. If weight loss meant being tortured with intense exercise the way they are.. I would have thrown in the towel ages ago
  • heybales
    heybales Posts: 18,829 Member
    Caralarma wrote: »
    So I agree with the comments above that diet is the most important thing, with exercise being a good way to supplement your weight loss and help you look lean. So that being said, why do shows like The Biggest Loser focus so much on exercise and hardly show anything regarding diet? I've always wondered what the obese contestants are eating because they make it seem like rigorous exercise is all these people need and if they miss a workout they wont lose weight. If weight loss meant being tortured with intense exercise the way they are.. I would have thrown in the towel ages ago

    Because they discovered years ago even the snippets of them sitting at table eating a small portion of food and complaining about it is boring TV compared to complaining about a killer workout.
  • heybales
    heybales Posts: 18,829 Member
    I’ve heard that exercise does help you to lose weight in conjunction with a balanced diet but it’s the myth that getting your heart rate going etc will help you lose weight that is wrong...that’s what I read anyway.

    If by balanced diet you mean eating less than you burn in total - then correct.

    All the exercise does for weight loss is allow you to eat more than you could without exercise to keep the same deficit.

    Now, it could very well be that eating more is what is needed for you to adhere and sustain the diet.

    But it's a whole lot easier for majority of people to cut 500 calories from existing eating level than attempt to burn 500 extra each and every day, to lose the same amount.

    Exercise is for heart health and body transformation - it actually has side effect of increasing weight. And in free-living individuals (not counting calories) it actually causes them to usually eat more than they even burn.
  • missysippy930
    missysippy930 Posts: 2,546 Member
    Calorie deficit = weight loss, burning more calories than you consume.

    Exercise is beneficial to overall health, but you need to eat less calories than you burn for weight loss
  • Need2Exerc1se
    Need2Exerc1se Posts: 13,577 Member
    Calorie deficit = weight loss, burning more calories than you consume.

    Exercise is beneficial to overall health, but you need to eat less calories than you burn for weight loss

    Or, as you noted in your first sentence, you need to burn more than you consume. That's where exercise helps.
  • missysippy930
    missysippy930 Posts: 2,546 Member
    Calorie deficit = weight loss, burning more calories than you consume.

    Exercise is beneficial to overall health, but you need to eat less calories than you burn for weight loss

    Or, as you noted in your first sentence, you need to burn more than you consume. That's where exercise helps.

    Exercise doesn't help you lose weight unless you eat at a calorie deficit. You burn calories just living. You do not have to exercise to lose weight.

  • wizzybeth
    wizzybeth Posts: 3,564 Member
    Cherimoose wrote: »
    You can't out run a bad diet

    Not sure i agree with this cliche. Many have lost weight while eating foods perceived as "bad", simply by increasing their calorie output.

    "Most studies indicate that .. when combined with dietary restriction, exercise has a synergistic effect and enhances weight loss beyond the effect of diet alone."
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23174547


    Unless you define a "bad diet" as one in which you consistently overeat [any] foods and consume more calories than you burn.

  • missysippy930
    missysippy930 Posts: 2,546 Member
    Calorie deficit = weight loss, burning more calories than you consume.

    Exercise is beneficial to overall health, but you need to eat less calories than you burn for weight loss

    Or, as you noted in your first sentence, you need to burn more than you consume. That's where exercise helps.

    Exercise doesn't help you lose weight unless you eat at a calorie deficit. You burn calories just living. You do not have to exercise to lose weight.

    You don't have to eat at a deficit, you can eat to maintenance and then exercise to create that deficit. Its just easier to make a deficit with food then it is with exercise.

    Semantics. You are burning more calories than you are consuming. Eating less calories than you are burning.
    Calorie deficit = weight loss, burning more calories than you consume.

    Exercise is beneficial to overall health, but you need to eat less calories than you burn for weight loss

    Or, as you noted in your first sentence, you need to burn more than you consume. That's where exercise helps.

    Exercise doesn't help you lose weight unless you eat at a calorie deficit. You burn calories just living. You do not have to exercise to lose weight.

    If a person is overeating by 200 calories a day (enough to gain 20 lbs a year) they could easily burn their way to a deficit with zero dietary changes.

    Again, burning more calories than you are consuming.

  • NorthCascades
    NorthCascades Posts: 10,876 Member
    Patently false. Completely untrue. Execute burns calories, and that helps with weight loss, there's no way around it.