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24. The 10 questions I always ask about weight lost matters. – Part 5

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by aaremoval on 05-06-2009

Have you ever asked yourself?

4. Is exercise the only way to lose weight?

When talk about losing weight, perhaps the most given advice is to exercise.

To most lay men or women who has never been overweight or don’t care if they are overweight, weight gain has always been associated with 2 main things, overeating and laziness to exercise. There is no doubt if you overeat on a daily or frequent basis, even with whatever diet, including vegetarian diet, you will definitely put on weight, sooner or later in life. If you are one of those who think that not eating meat won’t make you put on weight, think again. They are tons of evident that our body don’t work that way. If you are staying in Singapore, go and see if there are any fat people who are eating  vegetarian food, Don’t be surprised to see even the hawker himself is a fat person. Let’s put the diet thing to another time and talk about exercise. As for the lack of exercise, I always have lots of question about it.

  1. How much exercise will a person need in order to lose or maintain weight?
  2. What kind of exercise to do, aerobics or weights?
  3. Is exercise the only way to lose weight?

How much exercise will a person need in order to lose or maintain weight?

There are many sayings about how much exercise you need to do in order to lose some weight. Some say that you will need to run for at least 30 minutes non-stop, some say that you will need to raise your heart beat to a certain level. But there are many who suggested that even light exercise like strolling in the park, or climbing up the stair if you are staying on the 10th floor, or practising Tai-Chi. Some even incredible ones suggested that half squatting up and down while brushing your teeth will help you lose weight, seen that one before? Probably in some morning show with mostly only housewife will watch, and even believe. Ha ha, if doing that can make someone lose weight, many people including me, will probably be a walking skeleton, unless you are one of those weirdo that brush your teeth for half an hour.

For me, after years of exerciing and following a low carbo diet, although I believe that it is what you eat that determined your weight, it is still important to have some exercises in your life. But in terms of the weight you can lose through exercise, this is what I think. You will only lose weight if the exercise you do, did not affect the way and amount you eat. Meaning, if you have say, eaten 3 bowl of rice, 3 can of soft drink today, and if you were to do some exercise tomorrow, you cannot eat 4 bowl of rice, and 4 can of soft drink. Simple logic right? But trust me; it is not as easy as it sound. First, most people do not monitor what they eat, and second, it is not only the amount, but also the type of food that you have eaten. But as to my experience, exercise will make you hungrier, thirstier, not only right after the exercise, but throughout the whole day. You will tend to eat and drink more, not only because of physical needs, but for mental one as well. For me, every time I did some heavy work especially under the bloody hot sun, I will definitely comfort myself with cooler and sweeter drink. I believe most people will do that, although you may argue that I am the one with the weak will. Sometimes, because of the 2 to 3 hours of basketball under the Sunday morning hot sun, I feel tired and hungry throughout the whole day, and lose some control in the type and amount of food I eat, and do you believe it or not, I will even gain some weight instead of losing it. And I am not talking about total lost of control, probably just an extra can of soft drinks or a piece of cake! Sometimes I wonder if drinking too much cold water will cause me to gain weight or not, because I know that cool or cold water will bring down your temperature, so theoretical, your metabolism will slow down. And back to the question on how much exercise one need to do in order to lose weight, I have many times, not have any activities throughout the whole day, but I know just because I was able to follow my diet properly that day, I manage to see half a kilo gone the next day. I have been weighing myself every morning since at least 10 years ago, and I assure you, I don’t think it is my scale doing tricks. So, my conclusion for this chapter is, exercise will help you lose weight no matter what kind and how much exercise you do, as long as you did not alter your so call correct diet. Except that if the exercise you are talking about is the half squatting up and down while brushing your teeth, because I usually brush my teeth for only 2 mnutes, ha ha!

What kind of exercise to do, aerobics or weights?

Just like what I mentioned above, it doesn’t really matter. But I believe in long run, I think weights lifting exercise is a better exercise if you are able to build muscles, as muscle will increase your over metabolism, I think especially important, your basal  metabolism. In case you are wondering what the different, basal metabolism is the amount of energy you can burn while you are asleep. So imagine if you have a good basal metabolism, you will always wake up half kilo lighter. This is a great advantage, isn’t it?

Is exercise the only way to lose weight?

I strongly disagree. I can name at least 5 other ways of losing weight other than doing exercise. Deep breathing is one of them, although I considered it an exercise too, but overall, it is unlike the usual kind of exercises that involve moving around. The main part you will need to move while doing breathing exercise is your lungs and diaphragm.

There is also acupuncture, which many don’t believe that it works. I was fortunate to have done it before, free, from a TCM free clinic when I was 17 years old. I was there for my arthritis problem but the physician, seeing that I was overweight, used me as a guinea pig. It works for me, and because it did work, I was curious so I went to read something about it. What it does is that it actually helps me with my bowel movements, making me shit more than usual, but not the diarrhoea type. I was curious that why they always ask me one question that if my stools float or sink, only many years later than I read that if your stools float, it means that you are passing out oil and fats in your food. So, it seems that some how the acupuncture is able to force oil and fat out of your bowel, strange right?

There is hydro pool treatment. This is also a very relaxing way of losing weight. What you just need to do is to stay in the whirling warm water and wah lah, you will lose some weight. Actually this is a simple theory, if you soak yourself for half an hour in warm water; your body temperature will raise and therefore have some burning effect. The whirling water if strong enough, will cause you to be push away and thus in order to stay in the same spot, you got to apply a bit of pushing force.

There is massage, my personal favourite way of losing weight, where you just need to lie down and let a women grope all over your body. Ha ha, for all those dirty old man reading this, actually this is not the way it should be, a good massage with some weight loss effect, may not be as comforting as the usual relax type of massage. It may even be a bit painful, with a strong masseur vigorously stroking and rubbing your joints. The pain may even be greater after the massage session and may even last for a few days. This is probably the feeling you get from a normal physical exercise especially if you have not done any exercise for a while already.

The last one I like to mention is slimming products. Just like any of the above mentioned, all will work in terms of losing some weight, if you do them correctly and regularly, provided that you are eating the same amount and type of food.

So, I believe there are many, many more different methods than exercise that can make one lose weight. But again I will have to emphasize, exercise alone won’t help you lose weight, if not, how come sumo wrestler are mostly fat?

Written by: Horse chicken dragon

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