There’s a myth in the weightloss community that exercise can help you lose weight.
Exercise is good for a LOT of things.
But in general I don’t really believe weightloss is one of them.
Say you jog on the treadmill for a half hour- you can burn about 300 calories doing that (depending on how much you weigh). If go home and eat 1 piece of chocolate cake, I’m back at square one again.
In all reality, reducing and changing your food intake will do a lot more for your actual size than exercise.
That doesn’t make exercise not worth it though.
4 Things Exercise is good for:
- Endorphins (which makes you happy!)
- Getting a more curvaceous pleasing shape (if you lift weights)
- Overall better mental clarity and peace
- Better motivation to stick to a diet
I’m trying to exercise more for reason #3 and #4. I just find on the days that I do workout, I feel more motivated to make good eating choices. On the days I get lazy and skip it, I find myself feeling like it doesn’t really matter what I eat and what’s the point? I also really like the clear-headed feeling I get after I finish a workout.
So please don’t run for half hour and get mad when you don’t lose 10 lbs, but use it as an add on to keep you happy and motivated.