It has almost always been a bit of a chore for me to keep my weight down. I was an athlete in school, during which time I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, because I knew that I was going to burn everything off. After I graduated however, I kept the same eating habits but was not working out as much, and really started to put on the pounds. While I have tried to eat a balanced diet, I really struggle in that respect, and I have found that it is easier for me to exercise to lose weight than anything else.
One of the biggest problems I have when it comes to weight loss is that I just can’t seem to curb my appetite. I have tried all kinds of things, and nothing seems to work. I decided a long time ago that if I was going to be successful with my weight loss goals, I was going to have to exercise to lose weight, and I did just that. I made it a point to get onto the elliptical every day at lunch and work out for 45 minutes on that until I could hardly move. It was exhausting at first, but I definitely started to see the results.
Within about two weeks I had dropped five pounds. This may not sound like a tremendous amount of weight, but when one considers the fact that I had not changed anything at all about my diet, it is more impressive. When I decided to exercise to lose weight, I knew that I could not just gorge myself and expect to do well at all. I made it a point to eat until I was full and then push back the plate. I also made it a point to cut out sodas entirely and started having juices, punch and water in their stead.
When I told my doctor that I had decided to exercise to lose weight, he was impressed. When I explained that I was not dieting at all, he did not care for that approach as much, but said the important thing was that the weight was coming off. He also pointed out that exercise has so many benefits beyond losing weight that it was really good for my body to be exercising every day. He told me to focus more on aerobic activities than weight training, as aerobics are really where you burn calories.
I am not sure if anyone else has really a tried to exercise to lose weight without changing up their diets at all, but it has certainly worked for me. Maybe at some point I will be able to get my eating habits under control, but for right now, this is working fine.