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Is exercise really necessary for weight loss?

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Created February 16, 2013 at 2:57 AM

At the moment I'm trying to lose weight, I'm pretty strict with my paleo diet but I was wondering is exercise all that necessary? I have read many times that most of your weight loss should be about diet but I wanted to get paleo opinions on this subject. For some reason I have found that my weight loss stalls when I start exercising but I don't know why. What does everyone else do? Is it best to only exercise when you feel like it?

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on February 22, 2013
at 06:10 AM

No, it's not. But you should be exercising no matter what.

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Thanks so much for the info, I agree it's important to listen to your body because it knows what it wants.

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Thanks for the info.

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on February 19, 2013
at 11:13 AM

Yes. Every time you lose weight you are also losing muscle. By dieting and not working out you are not doing your body any favors. The best method of weight loss for most people is a combination of moderate exercise and moderate calorie restriction. Most of the weight you lose will come from dieting, but I still recommend exercising because it has so many other benefits besides weight loss. Plz don't do over-exercise....it hurts... there are certain dangers of over-exercising you need to know read from here http://www.healthnewsreports.com/the-danger-of-over-exercising-keeping-in-balance.html

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at 11:11 AM

Yes. Every time you lose weight you are also losing muscle. By dieting and not working out you are not doing your body any favors. The best method of weight loss for most people is a combination of moderate exercise and moderate calorie restriction. Most of the weight you lose will come from dieting, but I still recommend exercising because it has so many other benefits besides weight loss. plz don't do over-exercise....it hurts... there are certain dangers of over exercising you need to know.

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on February 16, 2013
at 07:21 PM

I was only 15 lbs overweight when I started eating a Primal diet and I have had no problem dropping the weight once I replenished my nutrients and my body signals were working again. Intermittent fasting has been my best friend.

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on February 16, 2013
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"Polygenic disease". That's a good description of the obesity/diabetes complex of health problems. A sort of self-toxicity, induced by packing the internal organs in visceral fat.

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:10 PM

It depends on where you start. When you're obese almost anything works. If you're at normal weight almost nothing works...

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on February 16, 2013
at 04:53 AM

Well, you can lose weight without exercising. But I'm not so sure that you can stay healthy in the long term if you don't exercise while you're losing weight.

Weight loss can stall even when you're exercising for a lot of reasons, the high cortisol already mentioned being one, the body trying to maintain it's "set-point" or homeostatis, the fact that increased exercise initially can make you more hungry and thus you'll eat more than you really need.

If I eat Paleo without exercising, I can't eat enough to stay energetically healthy.

What exercise does for me on a Paleo diet: Just a little morning exercise on most days, about 15 minutes, hugely increases my metabolic rate for the day. So I have more mental clarity, more energy and more balanced appetite. I also stress much less.

Walking at whatever pace I feel like makes me feel good, thus I look forward to it and make the effort to walk most days.

Lifting heavy things 2-3 times a week makes me feel and really be, strong. Which is another mental boost.

Dancing makes me happy, so it's another movement thing to look forward to.

Swimming, hiking, cross-country skiing are all fun, though I can't do often, the more fit I am, the more likely I am to make the effort.

I know that I have to give my body some time to "follow along" when I start doing a new sort of exercise or movement activity. Initially, it resists and doesn't want to do the new thing I am trying.

In short, the more often I move my body, on my terms, with the main goal of enjoyment and the long term goal of optimal fitness, the better I feel and the quicker I become lean.

If you are looking and feeling better, if you are moving in ways that challenge you without depleting you for days, then maybe you are doing everything right. Then there's the issue of muscle weighing more than fat. So the scales may not be giving you the feedback you expect. I weigh and measure myself once a month because I do need some statistical feedback.

The strategy of "body confusion" can be pretty effective if it's not taken to extremes. Thus some people lose weight more easily if they keep the changes going on consistently: eat more, eat less, fast, work-out hard, work-out gently, rest, etc.

The most powerful thing I am learning from a Paleo lifestyle is how to listen to my body. It is the ultimate feedback machine once you can figure out what it's telling you.

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Thanks so much for the info, I agree it's important to listen to your body because it knows what it wants.

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on February 16, 2013
at 03:58 AM

Nope. 80% of body composition is diet. 5% exercise and 5% genetics, according to Mark Sisson. I agree, based on my experience.

Adding in 45 min of gentle walking per day will help. Resistance work (weight-lifting) 2 x per week will help.

Some women go overboard on exercise and the resulting cortisol overload inhibits their fat loss.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on February 16, 2013
at 07:21 PM

I was only 15 lbs overweight when I started eating a Primal diet and I have had no problem dropping the weight once I replenished my nutrients and my body signals were working again. Intermittent fasting has been my best friend.

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:10 PM

It depends on where you start. When you're obese almost anything works. If you're at normal weight almost nothing works...

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on February 16, 2013
at 08:40 AM

Hi,

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:15 PM

"Polygenic disease". That's a good description of the obesity/diabetes complex of health problems. A sort of self-toxicity, induced by packing the internal organs in visceral fat.

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on February 16, 2013
at 03:34 AM

exercise is necessary for a healthy life. you could lose weight by calorie restriction alone, but you will likely end up deficient in some vitamin or mineral due to the small volume of food consumed. exercise allows you to consume more food making it more likely to meet nutritional needs and lose weight.

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on February 16, 2013
at 03:53 AM

could be that when you exercise, you are over extending yourself...
too much &/or too intense &/or lack of recovery time, for your current ability (fitness level)...
thereby stressing your body, thereby raising your cortisol levels chronically & stalling your weight loss.

& chronically high cortisol levels can lead to all sorts of ailments & take some time and effort to turnaround.

but no, exercise is not required to lose weight

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on February 22, 2013
at 04:27 AM

I was just listening to a podcast with Jason Seib, author of Paleo Coach and Everyday Paleo. He says weight loss is 80% nutrition. That is encouraging for people who need to lose weight but aren't active. He recommends what Dragonfly suggested: weight lifting, walking, crossfit.

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on February 16, 2013
at 07:27 AM

That isn't a very funny joke.

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