Calories-in minus calories-out, that’s the formula for keeping your weight right “wear” it is—and you being none the worse for “where”.
Did you know that there are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat? A 250 lb man burns 3 calories climbing a flight of stairs. To burn the calories gained from eating one slice of bread, this man would have to climb 20 flights of stairs.
Doesn’t sound possible to lose the weight by the calories-out method, does it?
A better mousetrap has already been built—concentrate your efforts on the calories-in part. That’s where you do something about your food intake. You can limit your intake, change what you eat, or start dieting. This should help with the calories-in.
What about the calories-out? Exercising. Burning off the calories you take in. Exercise is not the great equalizer to calories-in that it’s cracked up to be. Exercising burns off the calories-in at a very slow rate, and cannot catch up to the weight gain from calories-in—except if you exercise to the extreme. So you can’t count on exercising to help you lose weight, unless you’re ready to climb those 20 flights of stairs.
Nevertheless, exercising does a lot of good for the woman who wants to lose weight. Here’s how. Exercising is a great motivator. For example, from exercising, you can get the idea that if you can stick to an exercise regimen, you can stick to any regimen, even an eating regimen. From exercising, you feel better physically because you are taking better care of your body. This helps you to realize how loading up on the calories-in destroys this “new body” of yours. This realization leads to handling the calories-in so it is more compatible with the “changed you” that’s coming from exercising.
So don’t count out exercising. It has enormous motivational and confidence-building value. But when it comes to losing the weight, focus your efforts on the calories-in side of the equation. (And remember, the calories-in side is not all about food. There is a psychological side to calories-in.)