Diet, Diet, Diet
I was at a wedding last night and in the middle of the dessert my father in law asked how much I was going to run the next day to burn all this off. If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times. To lose weight or to stay thin you can’t rely on exercise. The answer is diet alone. Exercise is great for your heart and great for your muscle tone and great for strengthening ligaments and bones. But weight loss is about what you eat. If you have watched shows like “The Biggest Loser” on NBC you would think that these people just burn those calories off by working out. They do reach a higher “burn” than most people could because they are on the show full time and not leading a normal life with work and family obligations. However, what the show doesn’t show is what the contestants are eating. I am sure that is a major focus of the show but it’s not exactly made for television entertainment to watch people eat their 1700 calories a day.
I did run today. I ran 6.25 miles. The run which lasted 53 minutes and 21 seconds caused me to burn 893 calories. Any self respecting Italian wedding will take you over 900 calories easily. So what does this tell us? Either most people need to start running 15 plus miles on a daily basis or that the food is key to weight loss. I always tell my clients to focus on the food and after they get to their desired weight they can begin to focus on shaping their bodies with exercise. Lucky for me I am at a good weight and I can afford a cheat day. But, if you’re trying to lose weight then remember you can’t just burn it off in the morning. Everything you put in your body counts including drinks. But that’s a story for another day.