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Work outs are a waste of time?

This is my situation, I got all disheartened cause I was getting up early and working out and nothing was changing.I have been working out on average 5 days a week for the past 2 years. I would go up and down 5 pounds. Never getting out of the 190's. My measurements stayed the same, so it wasn't even like I was getting fimer and shrinking. I decided forget it, waste of time, and stopped working out. I dilluted myself into thinking the workouts were the only thing keeping me from blowing up. Well, since I stopped working out, I have lost 6 pounds in the past 2 weeks. I currently have no plans of EVER working out again. I did enjoy working out, but it seems now as if it was counter productive.

Wed. Mar 12, 10:42am

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I lose a lot of weight when I don't work out for awhile, too, and it comes right back on when I start working out again. I always just assume it's because I lose muscle and then add it back, or possibly because I'm eating too many calories when I work out hard.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 10:43 AM

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You've probably lost some muscle, which has resulted in your weight loss. Exercise has other benefits besides weight loss, like keeping your heart healthy and strengthening your bones. You shouldn't stop. If weight loss is your main concern, maybe you should see a trainer to make sure you're doing the right things.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 10:44 AM

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10:42 you are wrong

If you exercise you will live longer and better...

My parents are approaching 65 and 70 and they have always had outstanding exercise and food habits and they look, feel and act 20 years younger - I look at people like that and I say, that is where I want to be when I am in my late 60's so I've got to be good now!
Regular moderate exercise can extend your disability free years by 6 and add 3-4 years to your life span. Highly active people can double these benefits.
Research findings (from the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital) show that a healthy weight and regular exercise are closely related to longevity!
Bottom line, it is not about how much you weigh but about body composition. When you excersise you maintain bone density and muscle and you will have more energy. If you are not losing weight through excercise eat 1500 calories a day and then you definitely will.
Otherwise you will be in a wheelchair at 65 instead of hiking through the woods at 75

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 11:17 AM

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Check the amount of calories you're eating. Often people are either eating too much or too little. Too much (body gains weight) too little (body's holding on to weight for dear life).

Also, what kind of workout's are you doing. How long, what is your heart rate at during your workout.

Are you doing strength training.

If you answer these questions, we should get a better picture.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 11:20 AM

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In my experience I don't lose weight with exercise alone, only by reducing how much I eat, but do I think exercise is a waste of time? Not at all! I feel so much younger, stronger, better with regular exercise. I felt like an old woman before (I'm 53). Plus it really helps me be able to cope better with chronic stress. The benefits of exercise can't be duplicated by a pill.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 12:46 PM

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OP here

OK, 2 years of diet and exercise. 5 cardios a week and 2 strength training days. I gained 20 pounds over that 2 years. GAINED 20 POUNDS! OK, took measurements, clothes getting tighter and tighter. Stopped working out while continuing to watch what I eat and finally losing weight. I have absoluely NO intention of EVER working out again. EVER! A lot of time and energy and money was wasted over that 2 years and I was upset all the time cause nothing was happening for the good. Maybe if I hit a plateau I will jog for a week or two. Probably not. At this moment I have lost more weight in 2 weeks then I did in all of the 2 years. That of course does not count the 5 pounds lost and gained over and over.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 1:27 PM

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Okay, OP.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 1:58 PM

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Wow OP I am really sorry for you. Sorry that your body has done this to you, but even more sorry that you don't intend to work out anymore.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 2:13 PM

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It's really quite simple.
You are either clueless about what you're eating;
Or you think you're burning way more than you actually are;
Or you have a relevant, undiagnosed medical problem, eg. metabolic syndrome or PCOS.

Take your pick and start working on it, because exercise isn't the culprit.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 2:35 PM

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OP here

Obviously not clueless about what I am eating. I am finally losing weight. I don't have any undiagnosed anything. I know this because I have been diagnosed. Doesn't matter. Not working out has shown more results then working out for me. Not everybody is the same. I know what has worked and what hasn't worked for me.
I am sorry too. I can honestly say that I used to look forward to my work outs. I always felt good about them and good about myself for doing them. They however were doing me no good. Even my husband used to brag about my dedication to it. However, I would prefer my husband brag about how thin and sexy his wife has become.
It is really quite simple.
If you eat donuts everyday and you get fat
then you stop eating donuts and you lose weight,
donuts were the culprit.
If you work out and gain a bunch of weight,
stop working out and lose weight,
working out was the culprit.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 3:15 PM

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