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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Points to Note for Exercising


  1. The only way to lose weight is to eat less.
  2. Is hunger really painful? Doesn't it go away for a while if you get interested in or distracted by something else?
  3. Exercise doesn't burn off significantly more calories than sleeping does. That is, your body's metabolism (digesting food, thinking, making your heart beat, healing cuts, and so on) burns off most of your calories, and you'll gain just as much weight by eating more as somebody who has been sitting around all day
  4. it's very important. If you cut down the calories you eat without exercising, your hypothalamus will think you're faced with a life-threatening shortage of food. It will slow down your metabolism, desperately trying to make your scarce resources (usually the protein in your muscles) last longer. Then you'll burn fewer calories in your sleep.
  5. So exercise! The activity will tell your hypothalamus not to burn up your muscles (since you're using them) and to burn lots of calories by keeping your metabolism going fast
  6. Diet" is a dangerous word. It implies that when you lose enough weight you can go back to eating what you used to eat. No! Then you might gain the weight back. Don't "go on" a diet; change your diet -- your whole way of eating – permanently
  7. Budget all the calories you eat into your diet; they're all good
  8. Lower the number of calories you eat a little at a time, so you won't be too hard on yourself
  9. Count the calories in everything you eat and drink, because all calories are equal, no matter what food or beverage they're in. Calories are calories
  10. Drink lots of water; you need it. Yes, losing water causes weight loss at first, but denying yourself water doesn't cause more weight loss in the future, and drinking more water rarely causes weight gain.
  11. Losing weight is about how many calories you eat. It's important to eat reasonably nutritious meals, of course, but it's not a good idea to concentrate so hard on nutrition that you don't have time to count your calories
  12. You might want to try different eating schedules and see what works best for you at this particular time in your life


From: http://willigocrazy.org/Ch03a.htm#hypothalamus



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