Exercise or diet?

What do you think has more impact on physical appearance: a regular diet with tons of exercise (think half marathon), or a reduced calorie diet with some exercise (think salad and yoga)?
Posted on March 9, 2007 at 1:32 pm
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JadeGirl
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Probably both, though my 24 hour fitness trainer claims that diet is most important.
Posted on March 9, 2007 at 7:03 pm
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Both. I need to do better on both before my wedding! haha
Posted on March 11, 2007 at 5:53 am
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I think diet is more important than exercise. You can run all you want, but if like me, you have a weakness for cheesecake...
Posted on March 12, 2007 at 1:00 pm
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The easiest way for me so far has been through increasing my own metabolism. It's great because you can keep enjoying the foods you like without having to perform tiresome cardio to scale to a changing diet.

One surefire way to do this is through lifting weights to increase muscle mass. Did you know every three pounds of muscle is the equivalent of running a mile per day?

So, yes ladies, that includes you, it's time to pump it up!!
Posted on March 12, 2007 at 1:45 pm
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Diet will affect your weight the most, but if you exercise a lot, you may end up being thinner, but heavier with more muscle. So I guess it depends on what you want. Exercise is always good for you though.
Posted on March 13, 2007 at 4:20 pm
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i think exercise...I've been dieting w/o any exercise for a few weeks and nothing's happened :(
Posted on March 14, 2007 at 6:29 pm
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I cannot believe that sammo just said "Yes ladies, that includes you. It's time to pump it up."

I think he's found his long lost calling.
Posted on March 14, 2007 at 11:07 pm
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Regardless of whether you're a bride-to-be or not, eating right and exercise are always good for you.
Posted on March 15, 2007 at 3:58 pm
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I agree you need both. Right now I'm eating ok (kind of...) but not exercising. The only time I ever lost weight was when I ran 3-6 miles like every other day.

Sam you're so funny. Have you considered a career in personal fitness? Want to go to the gym together? The last time I lifted weights was ... like 6 months ago? I need to pump it up!! =)
Posted on March 16, 2007 at 8:21 pm
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I'm studying to be a dietician, and I've lost 65 lbs. so hopefully i've got some credibility...

both are needed, but for weightloss, diet is more important. less calories in = weight lost. you CAN exercise excessively to burn off the calories, but it's better to just not eat them.

however, for me, eating is the harder part. i've found two things to be true:

- i need to exercise to help my metabolism and burn what i just can't "not" eat!

- exercising consistantly gets me into a healthier frame of mind, from where i can do better with my eating
Posted on March 19, 2007 at 12:03 pm
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Gonzostar, you've lost 65 lbs? That's very impressive! I should definitely do whatever you did, because it sounds like it really works! What you said makes perfect sense though "it's better to just not eat them."

I eat a lot when I get really stressed... do you ever feel like that too?
Posted on March 19, 2007 at 7:24 pm
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haha i eat when i get stressed, bored, tired, angry... hahaha. i try really hard to just distract myself from those feeling with other things - computer, scrapbooking, etc.

what i did was count calories for a long time. when i got sick of that, i joined weight watchers because counting points is so much easier than calories. :)
Posted on March 20, 2007 at 7:22 am
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Hmmm... that's a good question. I think I'd like a reduced calorie diet and good amount of exercise (not "a ton" but also not just "some").
Posted on May 10, 2007 at 8:47 pm
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For appearance, I would say exercise. You can try to change you diet all you want, but it won't help with your muscle tone.

P.S. A half-marathon is not regular exercise. Even the training for one is a high level of intensity. Regular cardio and weight-training are sufficient for results.
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 6:14 am
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Wow gonzostar! Good for you! I agree less calories in= weight loss. But weight training also builds muscle, which boosts your metabolism, because muscles burns more calories than fat. So you gotta replace the fat with muscle, which can sometimes mean not necessarily loosing weight. Muscle weighs more than fat, which is why sometimes you can see your body changing shape and your clothes fitting differently but the scale barely moves. Also, for those of you who are thin but over-fat (a lot of women fall into this category...as size 6 but no real muscle tone), you may even gain a little weight if you start working out.

I am about 60 lbs. heavier than my ideal weight and have just dropped 20 lbs. in the past 6 weeks and working to loose 20 or 30 more before my September 29, 2007 wedding. I am eating 5-6 small meals a day (150-250 calories each) with lots lwo fat, lean protein, green vegetables and low-glycemic fruit. Mostly grilled turkey and chicken, some fish, berries, apples, etc. No added fat (oil or butter), no dairy or refined carbs. For my body, which builds muscle easily but has a good layer of fat over it, it works.

I am also hitting the gym 3-4 times a week for 45-60 minutes of cardio (burning 500-700 calories) as well as 30 minutes of weight training (alternating upper body and lower body). I also walk my pug dog for 30 minutes each day. Even though I have only lost 20 lbs. I have already gone down 2 dress sizes. I will never be skinny...thin for me is a size 12, but I want to be fit and healthy!
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 12:03 pm
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Both are equally important. Like some of the pps-no dairy or wheat for me i avoid white processed foods and no meat (been a vegetarian who eats fish since I was 7 years old) chocolate is my weakness so I have a couple squares of dark chocolate per day-would be a raving lunatic without it-sometimes though it is not so good to go by the scale-i have been between a size 4 and 6 most of my life but weigh more than i look from the weight training-now i just judge by clothing size.
For those of you who drink diet soda-this is the worst diet sabotager-apparently it makes you crave carbohydrates-just thought i'd throw that out there
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 1:22 pm
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I'm bored and am looking at old threads and thought this one was good enough for a re-visit.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm
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haha. I did that the other day but then got bored reading the not interesting threads. i totally didnt even notice until i read that married's date was in 2007. i was like, that must b a typo. lol. then i noticed the date....


if anyone is interested. i am getting back on that workout plan. it has always been my goal to run a marathon and i would like to complete one this year. in hs (6 years ago) i ran almost 60 miles a week. i was EXTREMELY thin. like 85 lbs going into college thin. i am only 5'0.


i also had no boobs. so now i have gained quite a lot of weight. i still hover around a size 5 pants and have the curves which i love but i want to lose about 10 lbs and lose the gut. we'll see how it goes... did 3 miles today, on my first day back and i didnt die so thats good right?

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm
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Haha, I was wondering how a 3 year old thread got resurrected!  I'd say you really need both to be super successful.  I've been eating right and working out 5-6 days a week and have lost about 25lbs in the last 3 months or so. 


@prima... way to go with your run!!  :)

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:18 am
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Both but if you watch what you put in that will help the most!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:29 am
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