Wow. I didn’t realise it had been so long since I wrote my last musings post. Over one whole year in fact. Truth is, since then, I’ve rarely been in target. I honestly don’t feel like a target member; I haven’t done for a long time. I look at Slimming World diamondmembers (those who have been at target for a year or more) and I think –
A lot of us are on diet and exercise plans, sticking to them like glue, making sure we never skip leg day, and always have a smoothie in the morning. But that can take a lot of time and energy to keep up with, and thus a lot of people become disillusioned with it; it simply takes too much time, and they need that time for other responsibilities in their life! Honestly, we can’t blame anyone for dropping a regime like this.
In combating this, a lot of health gurus and fitness influencers will tell you to try and make time, because your health is more important than anything else! But in reality, schedules don’t work this way, and you can’t prolong your lunch break at work from 20 minutes to an hour simply because you need to get your lunges in! Read more
With this lovely summer weather, there really is no excuse not to be keeping fit and active over the summer months! The warmer and longer days make it easier for you get out and enjoy lots of different, fun activities so your summer exercise does not have to be boring at all! Here are a few tips to help you have a more active summer. Read more
Now autumn has well & truly made itself shown and winter is on the way, I’ve been eating a lot of soup. I make my soup in bulk, portion it up, and freeze it. I usually have a stock of at least three different soups in there; that way I’m not eating the same kind every day. I take one out in the morning to defrost, then just thoroughly reheat. Voila!
This tomato soup is completely syn free, and the tinned ingredients used make it super thick & creamy. It tastes practically like a famous brand of tomato soup too; it’s my favourite at the minute! It can also be made really cheaply by buying budget supermarket ingredients; you really can’t tell the difference.
Did you know that doctors and researchers now accept that exercise doesn’t help you lose weight? This is a significant change from the advice that everyone, from fitness gurus to the NHS, has been giving out for years. You were supposed to exercise more and eat less, and the two always went together.
Only we now know that the advice wasn’t based on evidence. The push to ensure that all medical information is evidence-based has overturned quite a few accepted truths, but none so entrenched as the “diet and exercise” mantra. Even NHS websites contradict each other, with the ones that have recently been updated giving the new message that only controlling your calorie intake will help you lose weight.
That doesn’t mean that exercise isn’t good for your health – it’s one of the key ways to ward off type 2 diabetes. But it does mean that if you want to lose pounds, going to the gym for an hour and then coming home and over-eating is not a sensible way to go about it.
The Weight Reduction And Regain Rollercoaster
There are several reasons why exercise won’t make us any slimmer in the long term.
One is that extreme and exhausting exercise regimes allow us to continue eating higher levels of calories, when in fact we need to be cutting down on portion sizes. Then when the weather means we don’t want to exercise, or we can’t afford to renew our gym membership, we haven’t changed any of the habits that made us overweight in the first place, and the pounds are soon piling back on.
We now know that it takes about a year after a significant weight loss, for the body to settle down and stop thinking it’s been hit by a major famine and needs to eat everything in sight.
What’s important, therefore, is increased exercise as part of a daily routine that you don’t even think about, like getting off the bus a stop earlier, or walking for short trips when you’d usually use the car. Things that you are likely to continue after the “diet” regime is over. Same with the changes to eating patterns – you need to make changes that you can live with forever. Otherwise, you’ll never get off the weight loss rollercoaster.
The Body Adapts To Extreme Exercise
Among the many studies that have shown no link between exercise and weight loss, some have also pointed out a possible negative role for excessive exercise. As we know, when the body feels threatened it tends to act to protect itself. And when extreme exercise is experienced, the body may make adjustments elsewhere, reducing how many calories it uses for other activities. So it’s possible your resting calorie consumption may fall, counteracting all that effort jogging around the park.
Exercise Is Still Vital For Our Health
Don’t give up exercise because of these findings. It is the most important activity we can do to maintain our health and cut the risk of stroke, heart attack, dementia and a myriad of other diseases. Just don’t expect it to take the weight off – you’ll need to restrict calories to do that.