When researching the post on exercise for weight loss, I came across this piece which showed why the hour a day or 3 times a week exercise regime that most of us are doing, isn’t doing much for our weight loss goals.
It’s partly to do with what happens for the rest of our 23 hours per day and also the fact that poor eating choices do far more damage than can be rectified by moderate exercise.
It has to be something like 90 mins of intense exercise daily to have any effect on your weight and many of us can’t keep that up – or like me, I don’t want to, it’s just not the life I want to lead.
So let’s check out this daily calorie usage just by living thing…
Muscles help burn calories faster so therefore you should get muscles first to lose weight – apparently…
Ok so it’s no secret that I don’t like going to the gym; just doesn’t do it for me from a number of angles and now despite the fact that the fitness crew out there still blast away that it’s the best thing ever and many, many weight loss programs insist that you must go to the gym to lose weight, I am finally at peace with the facts that:-
a) I don’t need to go any where near a gym to lose weight
b) I don’t need to feel bad, less than or hopeless because I don’t go
c) it’s perfectly fine to know what you don’t like and it doesn’t mean you are lazy
d) some people love it – so go for your life! Just leave the rest of us alone.
(In fact truth be told, apparently the stats are that only about 10% of the population go to the gym, so there is way more of us who don’t – interesting!)
Every time I see something like this, all my own weight loss struggles, feelings of hardship, dread, exasperation, disappointment at trying all different things that never worked and just plain hopelessness come flooding back.
I just feel it. I feel for the person, I feel angry at society, I feel disdain for the fitness and weight loss industry who are preying on these people and I just feel frustrated that I can’t help more people faster!
This post covers some ground that I have previously covered but because I keep seeing it over and over, it makes me want to keep saying it over and over in a slightly different way, so that maybe people get it and stop all this unnecessary suffering. It’s driving me crazy. Continue reading →
I couldn’t believe what I saw the other day! I just thought – “right, this is nuts, I have to finish my book on losing weight the easy way.”
I was doing my morning walk in Brisbane, in a beautiful parkland area around the back of my place. It has creeks, paths and bird life; it’s a gorgeous place to walk and one section goes past a gym. As I was walking past, I saw a bunch of overweight people piling out with a couple of trainers and it had been raining the night before, so there was mud and water all over this paddock/grass area where they were all tiptoeing through the water to assemble. Continue reading →