A few years ago it occurred to me that I had been exercising my entire adult life, and I was still about 20 pounds overweight. How is that possible?
Over the years, I’ve walked the equivalent of three laps around the earth and played thousands of tennis matches and basketball games. Remarkably, it took a pinched nerve in my back to help me stumble across what might be the greatest weight loss discovery of all time…
If you exercise too much, it can actually cause you to gain weight.
This concept makes total sense to me now. Don’t you know people who have worked out for years without losing weight? I made up my mind about five years ago to lose weight. I have lost about 25 pounds in five years and kept it off. Nevertheless, I have exercised a little obsessively. I walked an average of seven miles a day every day for three or four years.
Last May, I developed a pinched nerve in my back. I’m certain it was a result of all of the walking I had been doing. I was in a lot of pain, which caused me to quit exercising for about two weeks. But, an amazing, and totally unexpected thing happened to me. During those 2 weeks, I lost 11 pounds!
It took me 5 years of exercising to lose the first 11 pounds. Now, in just 2 weeks without exercising, I lost 11 more pounds. W H A T??????? How does that happen?
It occurred to me that I was eating a good bit less when I quit exercising. I was just not as hungry. I also stopped rewarding myself with food for the additional miles I walked.
Consequently, I decided to cut my exercise in half. Now, I feel much better physically and mentally. I am not as hungry, so I eat less food.
It’s just simple math: Eat 10 percent less food, and you might be eating 200 less calories. But, if you exercise 10 percent more, you may burn just an additional 30 calories. Trust me, it is easier and much more enjoyable to eat less food than to exercise obsessively.
Weight loss tip 25 of 100: Eating less is more important in weight loss, than exercising more.
However, there are many good reasons to exercise. It promotes good health and makes you feel better. On the other hand, over exercising can be detrimental to your body and your health, and can even cause you to gain weight.
Here are our other steps so far:
- Cut your weight loss goal in half.
- Weigh yourself every day on a digital scale.
- Self-esteem is more important than cookies and cream.
- Eat slowly! Eat very slowly!
- Eat in the sitting position only.
- Record all of your food and exercise daily in a free app like MyFitnessPal.
- The net calorie rules period, end of story.
- NEVER, ever go on a diet again. Just allow yourself to lose weight.
- Observe, learn and practice eating like a naturally thin person..
- Always leave food on your plate.
- Take a 10-minute daily mental vacation.
- Say daily affirmations.
- Create Vivid Visualizations.
- Have a line in the sand weight you never go over.
- If your weight creeps up to your line in the sand weight, COMPENSATE IMMEDIATELY.
- It is okay to be mind fullor mindful when you eat. Just eat your food slowly, and do not eat too much.
- You and only you are the CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of your own body.
- Always be proud and thankful for your miraculous body no matter what the size.
- Read Skinny and Debt Free blog posts every week and lose weight and debt permanently.
- You can do anything you make up your mind to do!
- You have an abundant, unlimited supply of willpower!
- Set small, incremental one-pound goals to accomplish.
- Reward yourself immediately for reaching each one-pound goal.
- Write your own personalized weight loss plan.
- Eating less is more important in weight loss, than exercising more.
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Martin Sher, Co-Founder of AmSher Compassionate Collections® is on a mission to help 5 million people lose weight and be debt free.
Martin is past president of ACA International, and author of the Collector’s Pledge — hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect.