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Is it possible to lose weight without working out?

I use to work out a lot, but currently I don't have the time to get to the gym.

So I was wondering if I just diet and watch what I eat will I lose weight?

Fri. Mar 3, 1:55pm

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Yes you will definitely lose weight. However, you will not change the shape of your body much.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 2:13 PM

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IMO, everyone has time to workout. It's a matter of making exercise a priority and finding ways to fit it in. It can be done.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 2:13 PM

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Yes, I successfully lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers in 2000 without working out. I spent over 4 hours a day commuting and had neither the time nor energy. The only exercise I got was the 15-min walk between the train station and my office twice a day.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 2:44 PM

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I hear that losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. That 20% is still significant, but I say start eating well! It doesn't have to be all or nothing. You may find that losing weight will motivate you to get some form of exercise in, even if it's the cliche of taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. lol :) But it all works!

Friday, March 03, 2006, 2:58 PM

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I lost 20+ lbs on diet and trying to move about more. But, if you want quicker results and to actually be healthier, exercise is essential.
Good luck either way!!!

Friday, March 03, 2006, 3:04 PM

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If you don't exercise and gain muscle, you may be losing muscle when you lose weight. I agree with the other poster, there is always time, it may not be what you WANT to do but make it part of your day.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 3:17 PM

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I double agree with those that said you can always make time, there is time if you want it.

Think about it like this, the benefits of diet and exercise are far greater and if you train yourself to do both the weight will stay off quite longer into the future I am sure.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 3:34 PM

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No time

Do you watch at least 30 minutes of TV a day - even just the news? Or do you read a book for at least 30 minutes a day? Or even 15 minutes...

If you do, you have time to exercise. There are plenty of exercise tapes out there that you can do in 15-30 minutes a day. Or even just walking, situps, weights, whatever. It is just a matter of setting your priorities.

I'm not being judgemental - if exercise is not your priority there is nothing wrong with that! I know a woman who said she could exercise in the morning but she didn't because she'd rather go to church instead. You can't argue with that, right?

Just don't say you don't have time - it's more likely you just have other things that are more important.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 3:45 PM

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To the poster who said she didn't exercise and lost weight, and her only exercise was a 15-minute walk from the train twice a day - that's a good amount of exercise!! That's half an hour of cardio a day! And probably a good mile and a half or more a day! The little things do add up, even if you're not sweating on a treadmill.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 3:57 PM

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By defininition cardio should have your bpm over 160 or 150 (or whatever - limits decrease with age).

It's true that walking to and from work for 15 mins is better than nothing, but I still wouldn't really call it exercise. Not unless it's a brisk walk, and who would want to end up sweaty by the time they reach work?

Friday, March 03, 2006, 5:40 PM

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