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diet + exercise??

I'm motivated to begin working out but unsure if I should begin a diet at the same time?? I don't want to make the diet a crutch that I can't leave once I reach my goals .Any thoughts/ suggestions?

Tue. Aug 29, 3:00am

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How quickly do you want to lose? You lose weight by creating a calorie deficit you can burn the calories during excercise or consume less calories per day to create the deficit. Once you hit your goal weight you will either have to reduce your excercise or increase your calorie intake so that you are burning the number of calories you consume a day not much more or less. So either way once you achieve your goal you will then have to adjust your patterns again.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 8:27 AM

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I say do both, but neither to the extreme. I've had the same worries you do, but the problem is that if you exercise and don't watch your cal intake you can be tiring yourself at the gym, and the scale might actually go up. Nothing more discouraging than that!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 8:35 AM

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I do both exercise and counting calories and I think it needs to be a lifestyle change, rather than a diet. That way, the weight will not come back when you stop dieting. Count your calories and aim for 1200 per day, continue workouts as many days per week as you can -- starting out with a minimum of 3 days of cardio and increase gradually, when you feel you can. Once you are at your goal weight - you will need to continue the exercise, but you can increase your calories to the amount you need to maintain.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 9:54 AM

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I do not agree with the 9:54 poster.
I would start very slow, if you want to workout, workout. The diet will come with time
Start small- add a veggie with your dinner, a fruit with you breakfast.

And I do not believe 1200 calories is enough for anyone who is working out, or is an active person. I would not go below 1600-1800 calories a day. You don’t want to crash diet, that will do more harm in the long run that it is worth. You want to be able to take the weight off slowly and never put it back on

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:09 PM

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yes. i agree with the 2:09 poster completely. it's not always a good idea to dive into the deep end of a pool you haven't swam in yet. enter slowly and wade for a bit to get used to the water. work your way up to laps...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:29 PM

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I AGREE with the 9:54 Poster

Many will only maintain their current weight and some might gain if they consume 1600-1800 calories a day. I am part of 5 groups -- and everyone in those groups exercises and shoots for 1200-1300 per day. Healthwise - You only need to have 1200 calories per day pass through your body. Exercise should not be taken into consideration, since everyone should be active and exercising if they want to lose weight and be healthy.

Check out the link below - you will see how many daily calories you need to "maintain" your current weight -- just deduct 500 per day from that and you will lose 1lb per week.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:42 PM

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To the 2:09 Poster

Have you always consumed 1600-1800 calories? Are you at your goal weight? Just curious since that works for you and did NOT work for me :(

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:44 PM

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need a combination of

diet, more exercise and drinking nothing but water, water, water! A minimum of 64oz of water each day.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:47 PM

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I am the 2:09 poster,

I eat between 2200-2500 of clean calories a day. I workout hard at the gym for 75 minutes 3 times a week, a combo of heavy weights, and light cardio. I have 2, 90 minute Karate Practices a week and I play hard on the weekends. With this I am losing, and I have maintained a 100 pound loss for 3 years. My goal is to lose another 10 pounds. I will be there by Dec.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 3:18 PM

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The 2:09 Poster again

I went to the website that was suggested for maintaining my weight, and put in the information and the number I get is 2740 if I deduct 500 from that I get 2240. So I am right on track. Thank you for the link.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 3:22 PM

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