Diet and exercise work together to achieve fitness!

Yesterday while talking about weight loss with some friends, one said, “I want to report that I’ve been eating grass all week and when I weighed myself this morning, I found that I haven’t lost a pound”! Another friend replied, “Have you ever looked at the size of a cow? They eat grass all the time and they are big.”

Those comments got me thinking. We all get suckered into believing the diet ads – Lose 10 lbs in a week on the “all grass diet” or drink Mega Green Tea to lose the “muffin top” or some other such undocumented huge claim that we are too quick to believe. By-the-way don’t believe for one second that those athletic ripped models used the product or tool that they are demonstrating to get ripped.

The March 30, 2011 New England Journal of Medicine posted a one year study involving 93 obese adults aged 65 and older. The research compared those who dieted only, those who exercised only, those who made no changes, and those who both exercised and dieted.

“Those in the diet plus exercise group saw more gains in a test measuring physical abilities than study participants who were randomly assigned to diet or exercise alone. Test scores for participants who took part in diet, exercise, or diet plus exercise were greater than scores for those in the comparison group who did not make any changes. Participants in the diet group were asked to cut back on their daily calories with a goal of losing 10% of their body weight by six months and maintaining that loss for another six months. Those in the exercise group took part in three 90-minute group exercise sessions per week. The sessions included aerobic activity such as walking on a treadmill, indoor cycling, stair climbing, and flexibility and balance exercises. “

The two most popular current weight loss theories are: Burn more calories than you take in by exercise and limit caloric intake to less than you are using. Of the two the first is infinitely more difficult. In other words it is about impossible to out exercise your eating. The NEJM study shows that the combination of limiting caloric intake and an appropriate exercise program gives the best results.

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About Vic

As a retired Commercial/Missionary pilot and administrator, I started taking SilverSneakers® classes in 2007. Although I had kept up minimal jogging and biking, I had little lean body mass and extra fat, so I started lifting weights and joined a Group Power barbell class. Later I was challenged to use free weights for heavier lifting and body weight exercises for flexibility and functional fitness. The SilverSneakers® Coordinator asked if I would train to teach the class. Little did I realize that it would take almost a year, four classes, a practical evaluation, plus an on-line 100 question test, to complete the certification. I am still impressed with the research and years of practical experience that has gone into the SilverSneakers® model.
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3 Responses to Diet and exercise work together to achieve fitness!

  1. joan says:

    This is what I have been telling people for years!! Joan

  2. Anonymous says:

    My body must be different from anyone else. I am maintain my goal weight of 135, eating pretty much what I want to and the only exercise I get is walking the dog 3-4 miles a day, mowing my grass with a push mower and all my own yard work, weed eating, grass blowing, weed pulling, planting and the little bit of house work I have to do. I don't and have never eaten right, and never will. I don't like veggies or that many fruits. My only complaint is my left knee hurts like the devil.

  3. russ says:

    Thank you Vic and Joan for all you do and have done for so many with SilverSneakers being only a small segment of your work for humanity. Dot and I really enjoyed sharing with you last Wednesday. The world would be so much better if all were like you two.
    Hope others will use this site . I’ll spread the word.

    Alway a friend, Dot and Russ

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