While I'm a fierce advocate of exercise for health (I exercise four or five times a week for my health and I love it), I know for a fact that it's not the primary means for losing weight. So stop working out in order to shed pounds, to punish yourself for being fat, or to give yourself permission to eat junk! None of these motivations will deliver the results you desire.
The question you may be asking at this point is, "How many calories should I burn?" You may be shocked to hear this, but when it comes to losing weight, exercise is not the ticket. I know it sounds crazy, but think about it. Have you ever worked and worked and worked at exercise and not seen the results you wanted? Do you find yourself getting hungry after exercise and end up eating more -- either as a reward or just because you are hungrier? Is it possible that exercise is keeping you from losing weight? For most people the answer is yes.
Maybe you've been killing yourself on the treadmill, signing up for boot camps, or even running marathons without losing your extra weight. The reality for so many of us is that we exercise endlessly and never see the results we want. So if you are using exercise as your primary means of losing weight, you're wasting your time. Yep, I said it. Exercise is really neither here nor there when it comes to weight loss. Can it help? Yes. It certainly won't hurt. But is it the means of attaining your goal? No, it is not. I know your trainer, your TV, and even your government will tell you otherwise, but hear me out. As an authority on the subject, I've been helping clients practice proper nutrition and self-care for years, and my research and observations demonstrate that it is your overall effort toward nutrition -- not exercise -- that is critical to your success in weight loss.
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