I’ve been meaning to write about exercise for some time now but last week came the perfect excuse. The programme I talked about in a previous blog called, The Men Who Made Us Thin, dealt in the most recent episode with exercise. In a word, it doesn’t work. It won’t help you lose weight and if you’re fat, ever likely it’s not because you don’t exercise. More likely being overweight makes you less likely to exercise.
But I’ll go further than that programme. I reckon exercise can make you fat. I trained for a marathon a few years ago. Gained weight every week. I also used to go to dance and aerobic classes every day. Gained weight. Why?
Licence to eat
My theory fwiw is that exercise gives you a licence to eat. Or it can if you’re not careful. One of the profs interviewed on the programme said trouble with exercise is that lots of people who do it to try and lose weight rest immediately afterwards. Thus negating any effect it might’ve had. If you want to lose weight through activity, you have to be active a lot of the time. Or incorporate activity into your daily life rather than going for set times of exercise three to five times a week then flopping right after. And don’t bother joining a gym. Hardly anyone goes regularly and the entire business model is predicated on people paying for something they don’t use.
Friend belonged to a gym once. Never went but didn’t dare cancel his subscription because, well, they might get upset mightn’t they? He went for one swim. Worked out it cost him over £800. Don’t join a gym. Easier just to burn your money or chuck it straight down the drain.
16:8 or 17:7? Or even 19:5…
As I wrote last week, been giving 16:8 a go and so far, it’s working well. By which I mean I’ve been following it quite successfully. Since I went all Paleo, I don’t get hungry in the evenings and can go to bed feeling fine and not all dizzy and low blood sugary even if I eat my last meal early. So eating my evening meal at, say, five and then not having breakfast till 9am the next day is something I find quite easy to do.
I’ve no idea if it’s working weight wise but I feel good on it and I think I’m losing a bit more. It’s nice and easy to follow too which is always a big plus on any diet. You can also play around with this a bit. See if you can go 17 hours without eating, and eat for just seven. Or even try 19 fasting and five eating. The idea being the smaller you make your eating window, the less you’ll eat! Be careful though. If you’ve ever had an eating disorder or know you’re prone to extreme dieting or any kind of obsessive extreme behaviour then PLEASE. Don’t.
Several diets at once
By having a go at 16:8 I’ve worked out that I’m combining three diets into one. Aren’t I the clever one? Someone asked me on Facebook the other day how many calories I consume on my diet. I told them I thought it was about 1200 but some days hit 1500. Well within the usual limits of a calorie-controlled diet. I’m also eating the Paleo way. And now I’m doing 16:8 that’s three kinds of dieting rolled into one.
I’m also exercising a bit despite what I said at the top of this post. I exercise not to lose weight though but because it makes me feel good. I enjoy it. Exercise should be neither a chore nor a punishment. If you don’t enjoy it you won’t stick to it. It may not make much difference to a diet and it certainly won’t be enough by itself to shift the weight. But it’s good to feel healthy and fit. And losing weight makes you want to exercise more. Do it that way round rather than exercising to lose weight and you’ll maybe find it can and does work for you.
More later in the week. Thanks for reading.