Weight Loss Support - :c Losing weight without working out?




DandelionCupcakes
07-25-2012, 04:39 PM
I never thought I'd be asking this, but is it possible to lose a decent amount of weight based on diet alone?

So far I've lost a good chunk of weight by changing my diet and also working out every day, however pretty soon I'll be working from 5am-1pm and then going to school from 3pm-8pm then taking a 2 hour commute home, and by the time I get home I'll have to go to bed to wake up at 5 again! I'm terrified that I might not be able to work out more than two times a week, the two days I have off.

I understand the basic calories in has to be less than calories burned.
I'm just worried because I'm eating 1400-1600 calories a day, I dunno how many more I could really cut...I'd still like to lose at least a pound a week :/

I could probably go back down to 1200, that's what I was eating before I started working out more.

Anyone have any advice at all?! :C
Or reassurance?
Or a reality check?
Or anything?


m3k
07-25-2012, 04:47 PM
I'd say it depends on the person. I can lose weight by dieting, but it occurs very slowly. However, when I begin to exercise, the weight falls off like crazy.

I personally often have to exercise to see any significant losses or to lose at the rate that I like.

I know people who are the opposite though, where they can exercise all they want, but its the diet that counts. Changing or upping their physical activity makes little difference.

I would take it as it goes for now. I also work a 5-1 shift sometimes, which causes me to not want to work out, but I usually force myself to. If I know I can't work out, I just curb the calories or I don't reach my max points for the day (WW is what I'm currently on, not CC). You could try just cutting the cal's to make up for your lack of exercise, and see how you work. However, since you're going to be awake so much, you might find that you're hungrier. Maybe try small meals?

Also, maybe you could try to maintain/lose a at first, so that you can get a grip on your schedule. Then, try to reduce from there to see what you can lose. Play with it and see what works for you!

junebug41
07-25-2012, 04:51 PM
Weightloss for me is purely diet. I workout because it motivates me to eat better, helps me maintain my loss, gives me energy, and makes me look good naked. Exercise definitely has a place in my life.

That said, it's about the diet for me. I won't lose an ounce if I'm not watching what I eat.


LeilaJey
07-25-2012, 04:52 PM
I never really "work out", I go cyling or walking and do other active things which I love but I live it rains a lot and that means that I'm not doing these things every day. For a good chunk of my weight loss I was barely doing any exercise as I was taking some medication that didn't react well with me and when my heart rate went up it would race and stay there. I go through phases of having more energy and doing some things indoors anyway but lately I haven't been very well again. I've lost nearly 30lbs since the end of February from pretty much just diet. I'd like to start lifting weights at some point too.

Anyway, I don't calorie count and I "mess up" (have fun) quite a bit but I'm still losing and not going hungry so I'd say yeah it's definitely possible.

Those sound like long days though, get used to your new schedule and try not to stress out about all of this too much, you'll figure out how to work exercise into your schedule. :) Good luck.

DandelionCupcakes
07-25-2012, 05:09 PM
I'd say it depends on the person. I can lose weight by dieting, but it occurs very slowly. However, when I begin to exercise, the weight falls off like crazy.

I personally often have to exercise to see any significant losses or to lose at the rate that I like.

I know people who are the opposite though, where they can exercise all they want, but its the diet that counts. Changing or upping their physical activity makes little difference.

I would take it as it goes for now. I also work a 5-1 shift sometimes, which causes me to not want to work out, but I usually force myself to. If I know I can't work out, I just curb the calories or I don't reach my max points for the day (WW is what I'm currently on, not CC). You could try just cutting the cal's to make up for your lack of exercise, and see how you work. However, since you're going to be awake so much, you might find that you're hungrier. Maybe try small meals?

I didn't even think about being hungrier! Oh gosh. I think I'll be doing several small meals throughout the day, that's a good idea. Thank you for your reply! It's interesting that everyone is different in this way, frustrating though :P because I'm such a planned/number-driven person that I want everything to be predictable and in black and white... weight loss is clearly not that way. lol.

Weightloss for me is purely diet. I workout because it motivates me to eat better, helps me maintain my loss, gives me energy, and makes me look good naked. Exercise definitely has a place in my life.

That said, it's about the diet for me. I won't lose an ounce if I'm not watching what I eat.
That's comforting. I hope we're similar! I won't stress about it too much then. I'm sure that won't help a bit!

I never really "work out", I go cyling or walking and do other active things which I love but I live in Ireland so it rains a lot and that means that I'm not doing these things every day. For a good chunk of my weight loss I was barely doing any exercise as I was taking some medication that didn't react well with me and when my heart rate went up it would race and stay there. I go through phases of having more energy and doing some things indoors anyway but lately I haven't been very well again. I've lost nearly 30lbs since the end of February from pretty much just diet. I'd like to start lifting weights at some point too.

Anyway, I don't calorie count and I "mess up" (have fun) quite a bit but I'm still losing and not going hungry so I'd say yeah it's definitely possible.

Those sound like long days though, get used to your new schedule and try not to stress out about all of this too much, you'll figure out how to work exercise into your schedule. Good luck.
Thank you :D It's nice to know it's possible. I'll try not to stress, getting used to waking up early will be stressful enough (I'm not a morning person. At all.) So I'll try not to obsess.


:O Also congrats to the three of you. You're all doing so well on your goals

DrivenByAmbition
07-25-2012, 05:11 PM
I think you will do fine. I am only exercising three days a week and doing weight watchers. Sounds like you have a very busy schedule. I wouldn't try to do much more.

m3k
07-25-2012, 05:15 PM
I didn't even think about being hungrier! Oh gosh. I think I'll be doing several small meals throughout the day, that's a good idea. Thank you for your reply! It's interesting that everyone is different in this way, frustrating though :P because I'm such a planned/number-driven person that I want everything to be predictable and in black and white... weight loss is clearly not that way. lol.

:O Also congrats to the three of you. You're all doing so well on your goals

Thanks! I've been having trouble returning from vacation... but did finally see a woosh earlier this week bringing me scooting down to 205.

Small meals for me is something that I only do some days. It seems my hunger varies daily. I like fiber bars or fruit between meals. Maybe if you like something portable, like grapes, you could take those with?

It is frustrating that there's no set answer, but its something we all have to work past to reach our goals! At least if the answer isn't right in front of any of us, we can all work together to find our personal weight loss strategies.

DandelionCupcakes
07-25-2012, 05:54 PM
Thanks! I've been having trouble returning from vacation... but did finally see a woosh earlier this week bringing me scooting down to 205.

Small meals for me is something that I only do some days. It seems my hunger varies daily. I like fiber bars or fruit between meals. Maybe if you like something portable, like grapes, you could take those with?

It is frustrating that there's no set answer, but its something we all have to work past to reach our goals! At least if the answer isn't right in front of any of us, we can all work together to find our personal weight loss strategies.
I bet getting in the swing of things after a vacation is tricky. Portable things are a good idea, there are some pretty tasty fiber bars, and fruit is always great..so hopefully I'll be able to figure something out :] It kills me because I totally had this thing down to a science before this crazy schedule got dumped on me...so we'll see how it goes :D

I think you will do fine. I am only exercising three days a week and doing weight watchers. Sounds like you have a very busy schedule. I wouldn't try to do much more.
Hmm, I feel like I could swing working out 3 times a week, it's good to know that you're doing well with that amount of working out and with the help of WW- makes me feel like this is attainable :D so thank you

Riddy
07-25-2012, 09:07 PM
I lost my first 70 pounds with diet only. I just started exercise at the beginning of the year. Like someone's siggy says - "you can't out exercise bad eating habits". What you eat has a much bigger impact than what you do for most of us.

I think several smaller meals is a good idea. You may need to up your protein to keep your energy up for the long days, too.

Good luck. :hug: You can do it!

ValRock
07-25-2012, 09:14 PM
I control my diet to lose weight.

I lift weights to look hot naked ;).

Diet has MUCH more to do with it, than exercise does.

kelly315
07-25-2012, 09:35 PM
In 2009, I lost about 110 pounds without exercising (in about a year).

geoblewis
07-25-2012, 11:24 PM
Burning stored fat is all about deficit eating, eating less calories than you burn. That can be done by just diet, or just exercise (have to exercise A LOT), or a combination of both. Just being alive burns most of your calories during the course of 24 hours. Most people don't exercise enough to make a significant impact on their calorie burning.

I've often heard that losing weight is 80% diet, 20% exercise.

healthyginger
07-27-2012, 12:02 AM
4 years ago I lost 72 pds in 8 months by low calorie count alone. I did a little chair weed pulling, but cn't walk due to knees. So I know it can be done with strick dieting-but, of course I regained. up. This past month I lost 17 pds and only do about 15 minutes of exercise in a chair but have a much higher calorie-healthy food choice food plan. When younger I lost much faster when I could afford a swim club- so yeah you can loose just not as quickly.

mimsyborogoves
07-27-2012, 07:59 AM
I've lost roughly the same amount of weight this month with very little exercising (maybe once or twice a week, if that) as I have in previous months where I worked out at least 4-5 times a week. As long as you're creating a deficit somehow, the weight will come off.

pnkrckpixikat
07-27-2012, 11:35 AM
It can definitely be done on diet alone! But, if you are worried about losing the extra buffer of cals worked off don't forget there are always things you can do during the day that can add up to a nice little gym session. Things like doing a set of squats whenever you go to the restroom, or jogging up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, parking farther away in the lot or getting off a stop early on the bus. Once you have your schedule down take a look at your day and see if there are any little tweaks you can make similar to these.

StephMar
07-27-2012, 11:57 AM
I've lost 32 lbs. in 2 1/2 months and the only exercise I get is walking the dog in the morning. Not even a steady walk because he stops to sniff every 5 feet or so. When I lost weight when I was younger I always used exercise as well but if I missed a day or stopped for awhile the guilt got very bad. If I start to exercise I become compulsive about it. So now that I'm older I'm just relying on the diet and I'm a bit saner about things.

m3k
07-27-2012, 07:39 PM
I bet getting in the swing of things after a vacation is tricky. Portable things are a good idea, there are some pretty tasty fiber bars, and fruit is always great..so hopefully I'll be able to figure something out :] It kills me because I totally had this thing down to a science before this crazy schedule got dumped on me...so we'll see how it goes :D


Yeah. I did really well on my vacation. The problem was just that I ate larger portions. Also, I had a lot of salty things, so I retained a whole bunch of water.

I love Fiber One bars for my long days. They are the PERFECT portable snack. Usually I'll grab one in the morning to take to work or I'll use it as a snack before dinner.

I also had it down to a science, and then bam. Got a job. I love the job though. Even though I work around food, I don't get the chance to eat. It hasn't hindered my points counting, but it definitely has hindered my exercise.

You'll adjust fine once you get started, it's just definitely discouraging thinking about the possibility of all of your hard work going right down the drain.

Mountain Mamma
07-28-2012, 03:21 PM
I've always exercised, even at my highest weight. This week I was lazy - and reading these posts, I rationalized not working out. :?::?:

Ha! Lost 2 lbs.

I still believe in exercise, but guess you all were right - it's the deficit that counts.

kelly315
07-28-2012, 03:59 PM
to add to my last post: I wish I had started working out at least a bit before I lost the bulk of my weight. I think it would have gone a long way in helping me feel more confident, improving my mood (chemically and emotionally), and feel more firm closer to goal. Even after losing 120+lbs, I still felt soft and flabby at 165, whereas if I had been exercising that could have been very close to a 'trim' weight for me.

Prim2012
07-28-2012, 06:08 PM
I've lost roughly the same amount of weight this month with very little exercising (maybe once or twice a week, if that) as I have in previous months where I worked out at least 4-5 times a week. As long as you're creating a deficit somehow, the weight will come off.

This only made sense to me when I started wearing my Bodybugg-haven't worn it in over a year, should probably look at getting another one but I digress...Anyway, I discovered that on some days when I was running a lot of errands, cleaning the house, gardening (basically staying "active
for a large part of the day)that I burned more calories than on a day when I completed 60 minutes of cardio and some weights (especially if I used the rest of the day to sit around). It's all about moving your body (even fidgiting helps) so that you're creating a deficit.

Garnet2727
07-28-2012, 07:09 PM
My exercise is sporadic, at best. I have some weeks where I do well; others, not so much. I'm 48 and I have some physical constraints so even on my best weeks, I'm not really an exercise beast.

*points at ticker*

One week when I did no exercise, I lost three pounds. Another week where I really worked it (at least for me) I lost half a pound. My main focus to lose weight is diet; exercise is to make me feel better.

Amarantha2
07-28-2012, 09:12 PM
For me it is mostly diet that drives weight, but I exercise for pleasure, health and as icing on the cake of the weight loss program.

luckystreak
07-29-2012, 11:36 AM
Yes you can lose some but I hope you try not to do that, seeing as how it's such a bad habit.

Despite food being the most important change needed to lose weight, no one should have to live a life of strict calorie counting forever or even get into that habit. And exercising, on the other hand, should be done almost daily.. it's so important for your heart, your bones, your mind, every single thing. Also, when you exercise you build up on muscle, which is something food cant do for you, and an increase in muscle means an increase in metabolism.. always a good thing.


Anyway that schedule just sounds hectic to me, theres no time for anything nevermind exercise lol maybe you can figure out a way to get exercise done... Bike from work to school?

JohnP
07-29-2012, 11:41 AM
This only made sense to me when I started wearing my Bodybugg-haven't worn it in over a year, should probably look at getting another one but I digress...Anyway, I discovered that on some days when I was running a lot of errands, cleaning the house, gardening (basically staying "active
for a large part of the day)that I burned more calories than on a day when I completed 60 minutes of cardio and some weights (especially if I used the rest of the day to sit around). It's all about moving your body (even fidgiting helps) so that you're creating a deficit.

Excellent point. I wore a bodybugg for three months and it was quite enlightening to see how small movements added up. They actually have a name for this it's called NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis)