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Old 01-14-2012, 08:58 AM
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losing 1,200 calories- day1- 600 calories, day2- 600 calories
day1- 500 calories, day2- 500 calories, day3- 200 calories

will I get the same results? exercise being done is treadmill and a little elliptical
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:43 AM
Location: In a house
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No, it's not the same. Extend your examples and decide for yourself:

Let's say I want to lose 20 pounds.

One pound = 3500 calories.

Previous average daily diet = 2000 calories.
Previous average energy consumption (exercise) = 1000 calories
Previous total gain = 1000 calories/day, which accumulates to
1 pound gain every 3.5 days

Now - I can:
Stop eating entirely and continue exercising. Zero calories in, 1000 calories out, that would give me 1 pound lost every 3.5 days.

Or I can..oh wait. Hm. Something isn't working. How can I starve, and exercise, and only lose 1 pound every 3.5 days?

Simple: Our bodies are not calculators. They're organic life forms with metabolisms that change when our intake changes.

If you do "x" every day, without changing, ever, you might possibly result in "y." Or, you might not result in anything. Or you might result in Y on day 3, and Z on day 5, and R on day 27.

It also depends on what you're putting into those calories you're consuming. If you're consuming 500 fewer calories of sugar, then you might see some positive results. If you're adding non-calorie salt to your diet to the tune of 1000 mg per day, you might see some negative results. If you're eliminating 500 calories of lean proteins, healthy fats, but maintaining the rest with starches and sugars, you might see negative results. If you reverse it, and reduce your starches and sugars, while maintaining your lean proteins and healthy fats, you might see positive results.

If you consistently keep your portions modest, consistently do -some- exercise that burns off calories, consistently expend more energy than you consume, you will find results over an extended period of time.

Trying to micro-manage your weight loss will result in nothing but failed attempts and frustration.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:25 PM
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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good post anonperson
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by tommodonahue View Post
good post anonperson
That's some handful of info that was dropped.
...and I actually understood it.
Most of the time that technical stuff gets me lost.
All mumbo jumbo
Not that one--I got it.
Reps a plenty on the way
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