As much of a proponent I am when it comes to exercise, it’s key for people to understand how important nutrition is in the process. It is so easy to consume hundreds of calories in one meal, but not quite as easy to burn calories with exercise. Although the “calories in – calories out = weight loss” equation does involve other complexities, this is the basic point that you must understand to successfully lose weight.
Think about it, 10,000 steps per day is about the equivalent of five miles, which is not too difficult to accomplish with little effort. 10,000 steps will burn about 500 calories. Do this times seven days per week and you will lose 1 pound per week strictly through exercise.
You cannot “out exercise your diet.” In other words, to lose weight and keep it off, you may need to make major changes in your diet, including being more aware of the portion sizes of the foods you eat and calorie content.
From the “Calories In” perspective, a couple of snacks “here and there” throughout the day can easily add up to 500 calories. 1/2 of a cheeseburger and 1/2 of a Snickers bar can easily get you there… So, my point is that is is MUCH EASIER to cut back on portions and cut back on, or completely eliminate junk food from your diet.
So, if you are exercising and not losing weight, take a look at what you are putting back in the calorie bank…