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Exercise for weight loss?

Updated: May 31

We've all heard that the key to weight loss is diet and exercise, right? I've even quoted studies to my patients that it takes 30 minutes of walking a day for good health and 45 minutes a day for weight loss. But look at my stats, after a 45 minute walk at the gym, with incline, I didn't even burn 200 calories. That's not even 2 tablespoons of olive oil. My point? Diet is far and away more important than exercise for weight loss. Yes, that's right! What you put in your mouth has way more effect on your ability to lose weight. To lose one pound per week you need to create a 500 calorie per day deficit. And if you're a 47 year old woman, your basic metabolic rate is calculated around 1300 calories. Add in a 200 calorie burn and you're nowhere near a caloric deficit if you are still eating 2000 calories a day. I have patients that tell me they are doing their Peloton every morning and burning 500-600 calories, so they should be able to eat whatever they want (or drink as much alcohol as they want) and still lose weight. But they can't seem to shed a pound! Here's why- what you eat and drink count so much more than your ability to exercise off extra calories. The recipe for weight loss is DIET and exercise. Diet is listed first, and is the major player here. Exercise helps but is a minor contributor to weight loss, and really helps with health and looking good as you lose the weight. I can't say it enough, if you don't strictly measure your calorie intake, you will struggle to lose weight. You cannot have your cake and eat it too!

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