A better way of excercising

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I saw somewhere today that the best way to burn fat (as opposed to carbs) is dieting and weight lifting. Is this true? Or is walking and dieting better? i was also wondering, people always go around saying you could burn 100 or 200 calories doing whatever... and you see people eating like, 800 calorie burgers... does this mean that simply cutting out that burger would be like walking 4 hours a day (assuming you lose 100 or 200 calories per hour walking). Whenever i see numbers thrown about, it constantly seems like dieting alone would outdo any excercise one could normally do. I remember seeing somewhat of an explanation... something to the effect of dieting along hurts your muscle mass and that lifting weights allows you to compensate for that. So whats the scoop? Whats the low-down? Does Dr. Phil know it all? Why is the sun yellow? Am i a cute penguin?
 

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Pengwuino,

There are calories that make you fat and others that do not!
Just try to discard the first category.

Eating 15000 calories of salad will not make you a fat guy! (but a gas guy ;) )
 
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Pengwuino said:
I saw somewhere today that the best way to burn fat (as opposed to carbs) is dieting and weight lifting. Is this true? Or is walking and dieting better? i was also wondering, people always go around saying you could burn 100 or 200 calories doing whatever... and you see people eating like, 800 calorie burgers... does this mean that simply cutting out that burger would be like walking 4 hours a day (assuming you lose 100 or 200 calories per hour walking). Whenever i see numbers thrown about, it constantly seems like dieting alone would outdo any excercise one could normally do. I remember seeing somewhat of an explanation... something to the effect of dieting along hurts your muscle mass and that lifting weights allows you to compensate for that. So whats the scoop? Whats the low-down? Does Dr. Phil know it all? Why is the sun yellow? Am i a cute penguin?
When you diet, you just cut back on calories. When you exercise, not only do you burn calories "during" the activity, you will continue to burn calories at an elevated level for a short while after you stop. Weight lifting is not a good calorie burning "exercise", although it can firm up and increase muscle mass, which of course will help you burn calories more efficiently. For fat and weight loss, aerobic exercise is the best. Exercising specific areas of the body will also help reshape those areas creating a more sculpted look, dieting alone can result in being thin and flabby/shapeless.

somasimple, I'm surprised you'd say that. Anytime you eat more calories than you burn, the excess calories will be stored as fat. I don't have time (I'm at work) to go into the differences of how the body handles fat calories as opposed to non-fat calories right now. Of course digesting food burns calories, are you saying that the body would burn more calories digesting the lettuce than the calories in the lettuce? I believe high fiber, low calorie vegetables like celery fall into that category. Of course, no one should be eating nothing but celery.
 
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Pengwuino,

There are calories that make you fat and others that do not!
Just try to discard the first category.

Eating 15000 calories of salad will not make you a fat guy! (but a gas guy ;) )
That is just like saying 1 ton of feathers is lighter than 1 ton of bricks. A calorie is a calorie, no matter what the source. Certain foods will yeild more calories per gram versus others. The only way to loose weight is to decrease your calorie intake to slightly less than what the body needs. Drasticly reducing calorie intake isn't a solution either because it will force your body into a starvation response and it will hold on to as much fat as it can. Weight training does help to offset the effect of your body burning muscle(its prefered source vs. fat) but some cardio should be implemented to raise you "idle" caloric needs as well as burn off calories while your doing it. Also, fat doesn't require energy to maintain, but muscle does does, so for every pound of fat you trade for muscle the more energy you expend just doing nothing (so you can eat more and not gain)
 
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Things to think about.

Weight training increases muscle mass. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn doing anything i.e. sleeping, running, thinking. This is because it one you weigh more and must do more work for a given activity, also muscle itself must be maintained which costs calories, lastly muscles burn sugar and therefore the more of this burning machinery you have the more you will burn. Gaining healthy amounts of muscle (and i'm not talking about becoming a body builder) will take 6 months or so. So this is an investment for your life. If you compare calorie burning from cardiovascular excercise such as running to calorie burning from weight lifting, cardio will always get you more calories burned. But in the long run weight lifting will.

Also you should do ALL of the FOLLOWING:
strength training, cardiovascular training,STRETCHING, diet, sleep. These are some of the ingredients of what our bodies require no matter what the artificial demands society makes on us.
 
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If you want to take care of your body, you should consider weight-training with a cardio warm-up. I encourage you to engage in a rowing exercise before every heavy weight session. Rowing involves the stretching of major muscle groups and stretching is key to avoiding injury. Cycling, running, or stair-climbing is OK, but rowing is tops in my book. If you're doing it right, you should expect weight GAINS in the early weeks as muscle replaces fat, but your friends will say "have you lost weight?" as your total bulk reduces and your muscular definition improves.
 
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A pound of fat on the body takes up more space on the body than a pound of muscle, that is why you can have two people with the same height and weight with one looking fat and one looking fit.

That is why you can lose inches without losing weight.
 
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Evo said:
Weight lifting is not a good calorie burning "exercise", although it can firm up and increase muscle mass, which of course will help you burn calories more efficiently.
You actually can burn a good number of calories doing weight lifting; it depends on the type of routine you choose. One advantage to weight lifting for those who are out of shape and are just starting to get back into shape is that you can start out really slow. With aerobic exercise, which you will eventually want to work into your exercise routine, it's either aerobic or it isn't, and if you're really out of shape, it's pretty discouraging to sign up for a "beginner" class and discover you can only keep up for about 5 min. With weight lifting, you might not be able to lift much more than an empty bar at first, but you can at least manage to do that for a half hour or hour, so it feels worth the trip to the gym. Weight lifting really seems to appeal to the scientific types too. I have friends who failed over and over again trying to lose weight with aerobic classes, or cycling, or stairmasters, etc., but finally stuck with the exercise program when they started weight lifting. The fun of it is that you can track your progress. Just bring along a notebook and keep a journal of how many reps you do of what weight, and within a few weeks, you can look back at how many additional pounds and reps you're lifting from when you started, and feel like you've really made progress, unlike the aerobics class where you're still tripping over your own two feet and still can't make it all the way to the end of the class without needing a break, and are certain everyone is staring at how uncoordinated you are.

While the ultimate goal of any fitness program is to develop strength (i.e., weight lifting or resistance training), flexibility (stretching), and cardiovascular fitness (aerobic exercise), when just starting out, anything that's exercise that you can keep doing is better than nothing.

And, since the example was actually comparing weight lifting to walking, not weight lifting to aerobic exercise, yeah, you probably burn a lot more calories weight lifting. I know I used to be able to work up quite a sweat while weight lifting, but walking depends a lot on the pace you set. A lot of people who start out with walking as exercise don't realize you really have to walk fast to burn many calories. Their liesurely stroll around the block at lunchtime really won't do much.
 
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Evo,

You are just thinking that calories are just calories and interchangeable. No.
If you eat sugar, you transform it in fat. If you eat salad, you make gas and have very little/no component to transform in fat.

BTW, making exercice when you're fat, maintain your weight since muscles are obliged to work with your weight.
 
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somasimple said:
You are just thinking that calories are just calories and interchangeable. No.
If you eat sugar, you transform it in fat. If you eat salad, you make gas and have very little/no component to transform in fat.
Really? I thought the liver would convert excess calories to triglycerides no matter what the source. Of course, you'd probably have to eat A TON of salad to overeat it!
 
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I encourage you to engage in a rowing exercise before every heavy weight session. Rowing involves the stretching of major muscle groups and stretching is key to avoiding injury.
If you do that (not necessarily YOU turbo, but anyone else taking your suggestion who hasn't done rowing as an exercise before), have one of the trainers at the gym show you the proper technique for rowing exercise. A lot of people do it wrong, and lose out on the full benefits of the exercise. You should roll your shoulders back first to work the shoulder and back muscles, then keep control as you lean back and push with your legs. Be careful not to lock your knees at the full extension, or you'll wind up with knee injuries over time, and you're not really making the mucles do the work if your knees are locked anyway (with any weight lifting, be careful not to lock your knees or elbows). Then, reverse the motion, again, maintaining slow control the whole way, and you'll really work your abs too. Too many people just throw their weight into it to pull back fast and let the weights just pull them forward again, and are more likely to injure their back than get any useful exercise out of it.
 
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Really? I thought the liver would convert excess calories to triglycerides no matter what the source. Of course, you'd probably have to eat A TON of salad to overeat it!
They have to be digestible calories. If it's fiber/undigestible, it's just going to pass right back out of your digestive system without being absorbed.
 
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Moonbear said:
They have to be digestible calories. If it's fiber/undigestible, it's just going to pass right back out of your digestive system without being absorbed.
What about potatoes and beans? How digestible are they? Can I eat them all day long without having to worry about ever going over my recommended caloric intake? ('cause I do love them potatoes and beans!:smile: )
 
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potatoes and beans are sugars. So, many chance they go directly in the fat tissues.
 
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I think you guys are missing my point. If you eat too many (digestable)calories, the body is going to store the excess as fat. It doesn't matter whether the calories come from carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. What I am objecting to is the idea of "different kinds of calories". Lettuce does not have "different" calories than steak - it has less of them. It also contains a lot of fiber and water, so you can fill up on a lot of bulk but still not consume a lot of calories.

I am only saying this because I see a lot of people who are convinced that if they don't eat any fat they won't get fat, so they chow down all day long on fat-free cookies and snacks. And guess what? They're overweight. They don't understand that the carbohydrates they are taking in can be converted to fat. Then there's the Atkins crowd and their carb-o-phobia running in the opposite direction. In general, I think people are really confused about nutrition. Who can blame them?

Consider this article from Web MD:
http://onhealth.webmd.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=61980 [Broken]
Most people surveyed also did not know or did not believe the adage, "a calorie is a calorie is a calorie."

Less than a third agreed with the statement, "Calories in general are what cause weight gain." And many believed that calories from specific types of foods, like fats and carbohydrates, were more likely to cause weight gain than calories from other types of foods.
 
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Evo,

You are just thinking that calories are just calories and interchangeable. No.
If you had read the second sentence of my post you would have seen this.
Evo said:
I don't have time (I'm at work) to go into the differences of how the body handles fat calories as opposed to non-fat calories right now.
You really should read more than one sentence.
 
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Sorry Evo,

I leapt to fast, once more.
 
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I'd like to know about other vegetables like celery that cause you to burn more calories in digesting them than you recieve from them. Zoobies like to munch stuff.

Also: anyone know more about green tea's apparent increase in calorie burning?

http://www.nexuspub.com/health/2000/hmar008.htm
 
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Also: anyone know more about green tea's apparent increase in calorie burning?
I read about that and was drinking green tea for calorie burning for a while; I don't much like the taste of it. I take my weight daily and for fun keep some statistics on my diet and weight change, and I couldn't verify any effect one way or another from the green tea. So since I wasn't getting any benefit, I quit.
 
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zoobyshoe said:
I'd like to know about other vegetables like celery that cause you to burn more calories in digesting them than you recieve from them. Zoobies like to munch stuff.
That's about the only one. And it's not really the digestion, but the chewing that burns the extra calories. Celery is just not a very calorie dense food, and much of it is undigestible fiber.

Also: anyone know more about green tea's apparent increase in calorie burning?

http://www.nexuspub.com/health/2000/hmar008.htm
It's hard to know. There are a lot of health claims about green tea, most promoted by those trying to sell it. Some may hold up, some may not. Too few have been tested using proper scientific methods.

SelfAdjoint, this gets off-topic, but I don't know how many different varieties of green tea you've tried. This might also get at questions of health benefits related to green tea as well, but there are a lot of different varieties of green tea, Chinese blends and Japanese blends, and they all taste quite different. I just got a sampler of some Japanese blends. I've had two types of green tea in the past. One actually had a hint of coffee flavor in my opinion, which I liked, another tasted somewhat like I'd imagine grass clippings would taste like, which I didn't like. Of the ones I have now, I've only tried one so far, and did not like it at all...it tasted somewhat like seaweed...the stuff they wrap sushi rolls in. Very salty or fishy. I definitely did not like that one. I have yet to try the others, but am going to brew up a small pot of one of them now. I wonder if it might cause difficulty replicating studies on the effects of green teas if they can't narrow down the specific compound that's effective, if something is effective. In other words, it might not just be green teas in general, but a compound specific to a particular variety that has one or another effect.
 
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selfAdjoint said:
I read about that and was drinking green tea for calorie burning for a while; I don't much like the taste of it. I take my weight daily and for fun keep some statistics on my diet and weight change, and I couldn't verify any effect one way or another from the green tea. So since I wasn't getting any benefit, I quit.
Hmmm. That's OK. I just dusted off my bike today and that's a proven calorie burner.

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That's about the only one. And it's not really the digestion, but the chewing that burns the extra calories. Celery is just not a very calorie dense food, and much of it is undigestible fiber.
On this subject, a guy told me the other night that chewing many things for a long time can convert them to sugars in your mouth by the disgestive action of saliva. He said some foods will actually start to taste sweeter the longer you chew them (can't remember what he specifically mentioned).

If that's the case, do these foods also become sugars later in the digestion process if you don't super-chew them? In which situation do you end up with fewer calories on board, chewing alot or not chewing much?
 
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zoobyshoe said:
On this subject, a guy told me the other night that chewing many things for a long time can convert them to sugars in your mouth by the disgestive action of saliva. He said some foods will actually start to taste sweeter the longer you chew them (can't remember what he specifically mentioned).

If that's the case, do these foods also become sugars later in the digestion process if you don't super-chew them? In which situation do you end up with fewer calories on board, chewing alot or not chewing much?
The saliva just starts the digestion process. I don't think it'll make any difference overall. Way back in junior high school science class, we tested that idea that starch will be broken down by saliva. We worked in teams, and one member of each team had to chew up matzo (very starchy) for different amounts of time then spit it back out (there are probably laws against this now...we didn't worry so much about bodily fluids back then), and then we mixed it with iodine to determine if it still had starch (iodine turns blue when it contacts starch). It eventually stops turning blue, or only very little turns...but that required an awfully long time chewing...I still remember, the kid who we made chew it the longest time was Jeremy...sweet guy who made a lot of faces during that class. :rofl: You might lose weight if you chewed every bite that long, because it would take you all day to eat just one meal. I think it was 10 or 15 minutes of chewing...but then again, it was a LONG time ago.
 
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You might lose weight if you chewed every bite that long, because it would take you all day to eat just one meal.
I had a grandfather who ate like this. At Thanksgiving and Christmas he and my grandmother put everyone in torment because she insisted no one could have desert till everyone had finished the main course, and he, in turn, insisted on chewing every bite he took 100 times. For what it's worth, he was quite skinny.
 
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The reason why weight lifting is probably recommended because weight lifting will start to boost your metabolism. The best way to lose calories is by doing Cardio, Weight Lifting, and Dieting.

Also note, dieting does NOT mean cut back on calories. People always think this when that's not true for the most part. I meet lots of people eating the right amount of calories, but just the wrong ones. You want to eat healthier. It's not very hard to eat healthy. Just look at the U.S. Health Guide (Triangle/Pyramid) and that's a great step in the right direction. After that, do some readings and learn to improve even more.
 

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