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2018-09-14 07:53:20 AM  
Is it running for your life while pursued by some weird half-man, half-goat thing? Is it?  Tell me man, I have to know!!!!
 
2018-09-14 08:02:48 AM  
It's a lemon square subby, not ice cream. And I only had three.
 
2018-09-14 08:06:42 AM  
Just make sure you sweat.  I go to the gym and I see people walking on treadmills who don't break a sweat.  Thats not how you do it.  But if you break asswet, give me some fair warning.
 
2018-09-14 08:09:04 AM  

Mr_Fabulous: Is it running for your life while pursued by some weird half-man, half-goat thing? Is it?  Tell me man, I have to know!!!!


It sounds like manbearpig.
Look, I'm super cereal you guys!
 
2018-09-14 08:13:38 AM  

Animatronik: Just make sure you sweat.


Exactly. About 18 years ago I needed to lose 40 pounds. I didn't change much in my diet... there was no secret trick. Just do something that makes you sweat 45 minutes a day, as many days per week as you can manage, and it will happen.  In my case, I lost 1 pound/week for 40 weeks straight.

Sadly, my employer turning my workout time to a commute put me in much the same situation again last year. Thankfully, that's been reversed. I've been working on my weight since June. I'm down 20 pounds since the beginning of July and have 10 to go to get to a healthy BMI.
 
2018-09-14 08:16:28 AM  
"you want an exercise that uses both lower and upper body muscle groups and is performed at a high intensity,"

The author then goes to list of CrossFit as example along with running and stationary bikes (done with intensity).

Final summary is any exercise is better than none.

Saved you the clicky.
 
2018-09-14 08:19:51 AM  
Exercising burns calories, but only if you exercise, more at 11.

/It's not news...
 
2018-09-14 08:27:32 AM  

Metastatic Capricorn: I didn't change much in my diet... there was no secret trick. Just do something that makes you sweat 45 minutes a day, as many days per week as you can manage, and it will happen.


I actually did change my diet, and it worked great.  I went "lean and green", lean meats, plenty of green veggies, and other colors too.  Fruit and nuts, but skipping breads, potatoes, rice, pasta, and corn.

I lost about 50 lbs that way.  I almost got down to the weight I was when I left the Army nearly 30 years ago.  But it's hard to maintain that diet when no one else in the household is doing so.  Not as bad eating out as you might think, though, because almost always, even at fast food joints, there are options.

On the other hand, I've been running now for months, a good 45 minutes to 1 hour of exercise (though I do start with walking as a warm up because I carry a 40 lb backpack while doing it), and I've actually gained a few pounds because I haven't been watching what I eat.

So I'm starting back in to at least a modified form of that diet soon, because I want to kick ass this year at the primitive biathlon.
 
2018-09-14 08:29:36 AM  
I'm actually eating leftover curry from last night. But ok, you got me.
 
2018-09-14 08:34:35 AM  

dittybopper: I actually did change my diet, and it worked great.


My change was to reduce alcohol consumption. Wednesdays and Saturdays are rest days for me, so my beer intake is restricted to Friday evening. It's not just the calories. Since I started wearing a Garmin device 24x7, I can see the stress levels created by the alcohol for 24 hours afterward. I recently discovered that by the time he was my age, my biological father was dead for 5 years from hypertension. It focuses the mind.

Obviously, if one's diet is crap, changes have to be made. But, the bottom line is that output has to be greater than input.
 
2018-09-14 08:45:20 AM  
The fastest way to reduce your daily calories is by not consuming them. Even if you take 20 minutes to burn 200 calories it takes a lot less time to not eat that candy bar or drink that beer.
 
2018-09-14 09:15:37 AM  
Exercise is also good for mental health, cardiovascular health, stronger bones and muscles, better sleep, preventing/moderating chronic disease, and so on. It's not just about weight loss.
 
2018-09-14 09:32:01 AM  
For beginners and the average joe I would recommend long walks (1 hour or more) not running.
Walks are less wear and tear on the joints especially if you can only walk/run on pavement.

//If you want extra caloric burn grab a backpack with some gear in it (nothing wrong with rucking/hiking) or put on a weighted vest. Don't add too much weight, you don't want to be uncomfortable when you walk.
//Also, stretch out some before and after your walk.
 
2018-09-14 09:48:27 AM  
Does a 'raging orange presidential tweet session' on the terlet burn off many calories?
This morning's 'conversation' has left me rather sweaty & exhausted.
 
2018-09-14 09:52:21 AM  

snowybunting: It's a lemon square subby, not ice cream. And I only had three.


Well that's got fruit in it so it's basically healthy, good on you! have 2 more and that's your 5 a day :)
 
2018-09-14 09:55:46 AM  

Animatronik: Just make sure you sweat.  I go to the gym and I see people walking on treadmills who don't break a sweat


This. I'm an avid walker, and use the treadmill during the colder months. But at 4.2 mph and 6% incline, I'll generally do a solid hour. I'm a guaranteed sweaty mess after that.

Fast-walking is absolutely great for you in about a half-dozen ways. But you're right: if no sweat is involved, yer doin' it wrong.
 
2018-09-14 10:06:53 AM  
Some nights I do 30 or more fork lifts in a row.

/other nights I just smash my face into the bowl.
 
2018-09-14 10:17:04 AM  
Ctrl-a
Ctrl-c
(open notepad)
Ctrl-v
Ctrl-h
>crossfit
>sex
(replace all)

"Honey, see, sex is by far the best exercise."
 
2018-09-14 10:21:16 AM  
I have always been a cyclist, yet that alone was not enough to prevent me from losing weight.

The most productive event in getting me to lose weight was my mother baking a tray of brownies for me.

I took them home, considered how best to portion them out, determined an effective serving size and strictly limited myself to one serving per night until they were gone.

I then offset the calories from them by abstaining from drinking until they were gone. I had previously had one or two drinks per night and I cut down to zero for over two weeks.

Once I finished them, I realized that I did not miss drinking very much, so I now only drink if I am not working the following day and I never have more than one drink in a night.

Last Saturday my BMI hit 24.9 for the first time in years.
 
2018-09-14 10:35:37 AM  

Dimensio: I have always been a cyclist, yet that alone was not enough to prevent me from losing weight.

The most productive event in getting me to lose weight was my mother baking a tray of brownies for me.

I took them home, considered how best to portion them out, determined an effective serving size and strictly limited myself to one serving per night until they were gone.

I then offset the calories from them by abstaining from drinking until they were gone. I had previously had one or two drinks per night and I cut down to zero for over two weeks.

Once I finished them, I realized that I did not miss drinking very much, so I now only drink if I am not working the following day and I never have more than one drink in a night.

Last Saturday my BMI hit 24.9 for the first time in years.


Good for you, but this all sounds absolutely joyless.
 
2018-09-14 10:36:27 AM  

Animatronik: Just make sure you sweat.  I go to the gym and I see people walking on treadmills who don't break a sweat.  Thats not how you do it.  But if you break asswet, give me some fair warning.


If they are walking enough, that's exercise.
 
2018-09-14 10:39:58 AM  

Lady J: Dimensio: I have always been a cyclist, yet that alone was not enough to prevent me from losing weight.

The most productive event in getting me to lose weight was my mother baking a tray of brownies for me.

I took them home, considered how best to portion them out, determined an effective serving size and strictly limited myself to one serving per night until they were gone.

I then offset the calories from them by abstaining from drinking until they were gone. I had previously had one or two drinks per night and I cut down to zero for over two weeks.

Once I finished them, I realized that I did not miss drinking very much, so I now only drink if I am not working the following day and I never have more than one drink in a night.

Last Saturday my BMI hit 24.9 for the first time in years.

Good for you, but this all sounds absolutely joyless.


If cutting back on alcohol is "joyless" to you then your life is even mole pathetic than mine.
 
2018-09-14 11:25:04 AM  
Working out is boring as hell. I need to be playing sort of game or sport. Running can even be fun if you do it hash-house-harrier style.
 
2018-09-14 11:26:51 AM  
Free Diving.
 
2018-09-14 11:31:47 AM  

Dimensio: Lady J: Dimensio: I have always been a cyclist, yet that alone was not enough to prevent me from losing weight.

The most productive event in getting me to lose weight was my mother baking a tray of brownies for me.

I took them home, considered how best to portion them out, determined an effective serving size and strictly limited myself to one serving per night until they were gone.

I then offset the calories from them by abstaining from drinking until they were gone. I had previously had one or two drinks per night and I cut down to zero for over two weeks.

Once I finished them, I realized that I did not miss drinking very much, so I now only drink if I am not working the following day and I never have more than one drink in a night.

Last Saturday my BMI hit 24.9 for the first time in years.

Good for you, but this all sounds absolutely joyless.

If cutting back on alcohol is "joyless" to you then your life is even mole pathetic than mine.


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2018-09-14 11:35:28 AM  
  Exercising is pretty inefficient for burning calories. You know what's super efficient? Eating fewer calories.
 
2018-09-14 11:48:16 AM  
TFA is full of dumb/obvious statements and it seems like they arrived at the same conclusion that all of the calorie burn calculators and 'calories burned while $x' list that have been online for decades.

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/physica​l​-activity-calories-burn

From a pure physics standpoint, calories are energy, to burn energy, you have to do work.

It takes a certain amount of energy to move your arm a certain distance (depending on the weight of said arm). Put a dumbbell in that arm and you've increased the weight (and hence the work).

// ~10 calories per minute @ a ~15 minute per mile hiking pace for me, generally 5-10 miles per outing.
 
2018-09-14 12:02:37 PM  
Whoa! Subby just described my whole evening last night!

That's ok though, I followed up with a 5 mile ruck march/run this morning.
 
2018-09-14 12:06:10 PM  
I started jogging when I was 18.  I used to run regularly and was dedicated to doing it every day.  I lost a lot of weight and was in great shape.  I went over 2 years without missing a single day. After that I was still dedicated to doing it as much as I could into my early 30s.
I have paid the price for it.  I'd love to do it again, but my knees are not good now.  I recently started walking to lose some weight, but I have a lot of knee pain using the most simple set of stairs.  The walking is fine and I have finally got over a horrible back pain I've had for 7 years.  There used to be days when I'd be hunched over from the back pain.  The walking has really helped that.
The stair issue though concerns me.
 
2018-09-14 12:53:33 PM  

Falco09: Exercising is pretty inefficient for burning calories. You know what's super efficient? Eating fewer calories.


To a point*

I'm an average height male trying to lose weight.   Went down to 1350cal/day, felt like crap.  Went up to about 1600/day and doubled down on the exercise.  Not only do I feel a lot better, but my weight loss actually increased.

\down about 65lbs since late April
\\including  about a month total of travel where I was simply trying to maintain weight
\\\aim for 4 miles walk/jog on hilly side roads, 1/2 hour high resistance/high speed elliptical or stationary bike on busy days, 6-7 miles/full hour on slow days, free weights several times a week, and a retired guy's worth of yard work since my dad just had surgery
 
2018-09-14 01:35:19 PM  
I would share my exercise routine but I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes.
 
2018-09-14 01:35:51 PM  
I've always assumed that the exercise that burns the most calories on average is Swimming. Mainly because it's a full body workout that puts resistance on all limbs and requires the body to increase calorie burn on two fronts. Among other things we use calories to maintain core body temperature and even just lazily floating around in a pool forces the body to burn more calories since water sucks away body heat much faster than air. So combine the heat stealing convection of water with vigorous exercise and you'll burn a lot more than  practically any other form of workout.

/It's why at peak training Olympic swimmers can burn up to 10,000 calories a day and need to eat 3000+ calories each meal.
//Keep in mind that Olympic swimmers are swimming on average 6 hours a day for 6 days a week, so a 30 minute swim isn't going to cut it if you want to eat like them.
 
2018-09-14 01:40:41 PM  
As a wiser man than I said, sure you can do an exercise that burns 12 calories/min, but how many minutes can you do? Best bet is too do something less intense for longer periods of time.
 
2018-09-14 01:42:27 PM  

Dimensio: I would share my exercise routine but I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes.


Your routine requires punctuality?
 
2018-09-14 01:42:51 PM  
Ski mountaineering.  Easy to burn 10000 - 15000 calories in a day.
 
2018-09-14 01:54:59 PM  
One of the most efficient sports to burn calories is squash. Even if you aren't a good player (like me) you can burn up more than 1,000 calories an hour. The tough part is finding a group with your skill level.

/Exercise is boring. Much more fun to make a game of it.
 
2018-09-14 02:04:13 PM  
My weight at one point hit 365 back at the end of 2014. Back then even walking around the block was a physical exertion. Now I basically just use time I'd spend sitting around largely waiting or idly browsing the internet to get activity in. Walking 3 miles during every hour long lunch break, a couple hours of Longsword fencing a a couple days a week, and while watching TV at home will practice fencing footwork in the living room. Down to 235 now. Once you commit to the routine it works, but those first steps are the hardest part.

Also avoid eating garbage during the workweek, save the double bacon burgers and ice cream for weekends.
 
2018-09-14 03:32:45 PM  
Skipped a little too much food lately and woke up today with my heart racing.  Ate a big lunch yesterday so I skipped dinner, not realizing how pissed my body was going to be by morning.  I have a thyroid thing that can make my heart race a bit in the mornings, so I got it with both barrels today.

Eat food.  Healthy food, but definitely eat something.
 
2018-09-14 03:42:39 PM  

Animatronik: who don't break a sweat.


That's a reasonable metric, but even more specifically... the fat leaves via your breathing.  Various carbons and hydrogens that make up you get "burned" in oxygen you inhale, and exhaled as CO2 and H2O.  If whatever you're doing is making you breathe hard, that's a direct indicator that you're burning more calories, and every single breath is a little bit you've lost.
If you're breathing hard, it's working.
 
2018-09-14 04:09:16 PM  
I'd think it would be difficult to outdo a leg press.  The simple reason is that you're moving so much weight in a small time frame.  There is an issue of muscular efficiency and all that, but very simple physics tells us that doing more work requires more energy.  I believe most people can press far more weight in a leg press than say a bench press.  Your leg muscles are generally much stronger on account of handling your body weight constantly.  Even more so if your job forces you to move around a lot, getting things from down low, etc.

Even if I'm mistaken here in general, I think that's personally true for myself as I can't bench press jack, but previous to quitting working out entirely I was just shy of 810Lbs - which was the maximum the machine could hold.  The plates are 45Lbs each.  Yet I could never get anywhere with my arm muscles - you'd laugh if I told you.  My arm muscles being weak and somewhat my abs too where part of what was keeping me from that goal.  It seems it took less force to simply push me out of the machine's seat than to push 810, so I had to actually hold myself in the machine and that wasn't easy at all.  I never managed it.  If I started again I'd have to start far, far lower since I've been living the sloth lifestyle.

Back on topic... that burns a crazy amount of calories.  It took my body some considerable time just to recuperate my energy reserves when while eating a ton of high-energy food.  Even walking the next day is terrible, but that tells me how effective it is.  Of course you also have to consider the calories it takes to restore destroyed muscle.  So I'd really recommend it.  Careful about getting used to it before trying lots of weight so you don't hurt your knees.  There are a lot of support muscles in there you want to build up first, so at first focus on reps rather than max weight for your first sessions.
 
2018-09-14 04:17:59 PM  
Best advice I heard was that the best exercise is the one you enjoy the most. That is because you are more likely to keep doing it.

But as was pointed out above, your diet is critical, just exercise is not the way to lose weight. But it is an important part of the program. It has been shown that those that exercise have bodies that are more efficient. A fit person's metabolism handles food differently than a fat person. Your body knows that you are lazy. It will store fat quicker and is slower to release it when exercising. They were able to prove it in a lab setting. They can measure when the cells start releasing fat. You first burn all your quick energy reserves, glucose. Then it goes for the stored energy. The fitter you are the quicker your body starts releasing the stored fat.
Or so biochemist Covert Bailey has written.
https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Fit-F​a​t-Covert-Bailey/dp/0618002049
 
2018-09-14 04:49:31 PM  

raygundan: Various carbons and hydrogens that make up you get "burned" in oxygen you inhale, and exhaled as CO2 and H2O.


Don't forget that we also produce CH4, H2S and C2H6S
 
2018-09-14 04:51:08 PM  

Dimensio: I would share my exercise routine but I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes.


I just got back from the gym 26 minutes ago - driving this:
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so I'm getting a kick...
/not really, it was more like an hour
 
2018-09-14 05:26:29 PM  

zbtop: Also avoid eating garbage during the workweek, save the double bacon burgers and ice cream for weekends.


Well okay, but if I save up all my garbage food for the weekend, aren't the buns on Monday and Tuesday's burgers going to be a little stale by then? Not saying that's a dealbreaker mind, just wondering if it means I'll need to get more soda to help wash them down.
 
2018-09-14 05:44:50 PM  

Dimensio: If cutting back on alcohol is "joyless" to you then your life is even mole pathetic than mine.


Wow that was harsh and unnescessary.
I think what the poster meant was that it sounds very bleak to cut up brownies into tiny portions. disciplined yes, but bleak.
I was anorexic for a time when young and stupid and I'd do similar- I'd get a Mars bar and cut it into thin thin strips and make it last all day. it was bleak, it was joyless.
 
2018-09-14 07:01:33 PM  
Never been a big fan of running, but I did pick up a jump rope a few months and I had forgotten how tough that can be. Would do at least 20 mins a day either all at once, two 10 mins, or four 5mins. Combine that with doing pull downs, bench presses, rowing, using the machine for set ups cause the floor tears up my back I was making some pretty decent headway. Haven't gained too much back, but not looking forward to starting all over again after being lazy for about a little over a month.

Short of it is, if you don't like running due to shin splints or what not, get yourself a jump rope and try out the different ways to use it, it will definitely get you sweating and isn't the playground activity you remember.
 
2018-09-14 07:12:14 PM  
Eat less exercise more. I counted calories and joined Curves. I lost 45 pounds and I have kept it off for 15+ years.
 
2018-09-14 07:48:28 PM  

Thor's Mighty Wrench: zbtop: Also avoid eating garbage during the workweek, save the double bacon burgers and ice cream for weekends.

Well okay, but if I save up all my garbage food for the weekend, aren't the buns on Monday and Tuesday's burgers going to be a little stale by then? Not saying that's a dealbreaker mind, just wondering if it means I'll need to get more soda to help wash them down.


I mean, I just find other uses for 'dem buns...

;)
 
2018-09-14 08:34:27 PM  
All the exercise regimes they quote burned under 400 calories. And would probably give to an appetite so the net gain would be less.

Exercise to get fit by all means, but if you want to lose weight you need to eat less or eat different stuff. Cut the fat. Cut the sugar.
 
2018-09-14 09:03:39 PM  
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