Andrew Pohlman wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:03 pm
Evocacion wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:32 pm
Rasputin wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:15 pm
I don't believe it matters what order the body burns calories in, only whether it burns fat at some point. If you have more calories going out than coming in, it has to burn fat at some point. It doesn't matter when.
"Calories in versus calories out" is far too simplistic. In the first place, simply following the "reduced calorie" concept, the person would experience large loss of muscle mass, along with, yes, fat loss.
Not really - unless you are a bodybuilder (and this thread isn't really about bodybuilders...) there's no need to be concerned about this effect.
It's also not true that you burn more fat than carbs during low intensity exercise.
No, but no-one said it was. I said that if you pick a low intensity exercise, the calories will come more from fat and less from carbs than they would if you had picked a high intensity exercise, but that the important thing is how many calories you burn in total, and that it is a mistake to worry about where they are coming from if you are trying to lose weight.
There are so many complexities.
It's one of those things that is as simple or as complex as you make it. If you make it complex, you confuse people and cause them doubts that make it even harder to stick to the program.
The real goal is a change in lifestyle that keeps you at a healthy weight. The diet mentality works against this because a diet is short term by nature. It is something to be endured - hopefully briefly - before life can go back to normal. But if normal is eating for pleasure, whether or not your body needs food, you are just going to rebound. Unless you can change the way you look at food, you will spend the rest of your life having to choose between self-deprivation and obesity. And changing the way you look at food is hard to do, not least because, if you think eating is a pleasure, you're right.
This is where exercise is a little different. If someone says they don't like exercise it's a bit like saying they don't like food or sex. It means there's something in the way. We enjoy it by nature, so if you can just remove that barrier you will have something solid and sustainable on the weight loss front that has lots of other benefits besides.
Good luck to all of you who are on a program of weight management!