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Is it possible to lose weight purely with increased exercise

What do you think?

Over the next few weeks i have a lot of social functions, which will involves food wine etc, and generally quite a lot of indulgance.

Is it possible to keep on track by dramatically increasing my exercise?

Sat. May 3, 11:36am

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If you exercise enough to create a calorie deficit, then 'yes' you can! Although, with indulgent foods and social gatherings often comes going a little overboard. That's a whole lot of exercise you'd have to do to compensate. It might be easier and less time consuming to just take it easy on the food/drink :)

Saturday, May 03, 2008, 1:03 PM

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If you're a man, yes (ugh, men and the metabolic advantage of testosterone!).

If you're a woman, you'll be fighting an uphill battle just to limit the damage. But if it's the only option, it's better than nothing.

Saturday, May 03, 2008, 4:41 PM

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One word of's common to add more calories to your diet than you burn when your exercising. For example... "I can have that bite of doughnut since I ran so much today" and then later, "I can have that glass of wine since I worked out" and then "this dessert is delicious, good thing I exercised today." By the end of the day you've not only eaten all the calories you burned, but then some. So it's a good idea to at least have some idea what you're eating and to make sure you don't use exersice as excuse to overeat.

I find that exercising helps me make better choices during the rest of the day because it gives me that healthy feeling that I want to keep up. Good luck! :)

Sunday, May 04, 2008, 12:15 AM

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Excellent question - thanks for posting it.

Sunday, May 04, 2008, 9:34 PM

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OP here

12.15, i've definately been guilty in the past of thinking that a very small amount of exercise allows me to eat what i want through out the day!

Basically what i'm thinking is if i track everything i week throughout the week (which i do anyway) and then just ensure i do enough exercise to keep me at around 1200 net per day (average) i should still lose weight.

Dose that make sense

Monday, May 05, 2008, 2:11 AM

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To the OP, I htink it will help you deal with obsessing over whta you put in your mouth at these social events. I am just like you, and if you are looking to just maintain through this busy peiod, absolutly crank up the exercise, it will help.

Also if you have a social function in the evening, then be a bit more aware of what you eat throughout the day, from a fat perspective more than calorie.
Good luck

Monday, May 05, 2008, 9:34 AM

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Yes, tracking all your intake calories (food & drink) and all your out-go calories (exercise) and aiming for 1200 net calories per day is a solid plan. I have successfully used exactly that plan to lose 25 pounds. Good luck!

Incidentally, in my experience, when I simply aimed for 1200 calories intake without exercise, I hit a plateau after losing about 10 pounds. The net calorie approach has been much more successful for me.

Monday, May 05, 2008, 10:20 AM

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