Why can't I lose more weight by exercising
than I can by cutting calories?

Article by Diet Bites

The Pace of Activity Impacts Caloric Burn

Jerry weighs 200 pounds. For every 15 minutes that Jerry jumps rope, he burns about 228 kcals.

Let's say that Jerry eats a 750 calorie slice of cheesecake and those kcals have taken him over the top of his daily caloric requirement.

In order for him NOT to experience an increase in pounds on the bathroom scales, Jerry will need to burn off those 750 kcals.

That's an enormous amount to deal with and if he consumed them towards day's end, he is presented with a significant challenge.

Let's assume that Jerry decides to jump rope until he burns them all off. He will need to jump rope for about an hour in order to accomplish his goal - and achieving such is a bit super-human for most of us.

If Jerry had consumed the cheesecake and had returned for a second slice, and then had enjoyed an eggnog-double, just think about how long he would need to jump to get all those kcals removed.

No doubt that his tongue, as well as other parts of his body would be whipped out of shape from all the required energy amid his noble quest.

On the other hand, if Jerry had decreased his daily eating plan by 750 kcals (rather than adding them) he could expect to lose close to two pounds by the end of the week. This of course assumes that he has this amount of excess energy in his current eating plan to make adjustments with.

How Eating Behaviors Influence Weight

Think about the meals that you consumed on your last day off. We'd like you to consider this time period because when we are dining in public our eating trends tend to be much different than they are when dining at home.

Where did you eat? At your kitchen or dining room table? Or, did you snuggle in with your meal plate in front of the television? Computer screen? Game or entertainment apparatus? What about your stance while you ate? Did you sit in a dining chair or in the following seats: office chair, couch, recliner or couch. Or were you standing?

Did you talk or text on the phone while you were consuming your meal?

Did you skip meals all-together and graze amid your day off? Or did you enjoy three well-rounded meals per day? What about snacks? Were they planned or grabbed throughout the day whenever the mood hit?

Now let's return to the office environment. On the way to work did you take time to eat a healthy breakfast or did you drive by your favorite fast food spot and grab something? Did you skip food and opt for coffee - and which ingredients did you add to that coffee?

When the lunch hour arrived, did you dine at your desk while working - or while playing on the web? Or did you skip lunch and decide to graze all day - just grabbing a food selection here and there?

We can see where this is going, can't we? All of the above situations place the individual at extreme hot spots that can contribute or trigger overeating. With this said, take time out and enjoy one of the most important times of your day.

Think about and taste the flavors and textures of your food - with no rushing. It's time to relax and enjoy without the guilt - and by doing such you'll also be aiding your digestive system.

So many times we are rushing through life like there is no tomorrow, not taking time to pause and enjoy the most simple things in life. And more often than not, these simple things are what make our lives so rich - so enjoyable.

While you probably won't remember each and every morsel of food that you eat throughout your life, you will remember savoring the flavors - and identifying those that you wish to make more of a part of your daily eating plan.

In Summary

Although exercise and activity are vital to good health, cutting calories produces the quickest weight loss results. Couple a healthy, reduced calorie diet with exercise and the benefits increase substantially.

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