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Old 04-29-2016, 08:16 AM   #81
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Tracking food consumed is basically what works for me as well; I have been doing so for at least six years with decent results (30 lbs. weight lost and kept off with generally better health).

I am very strict about this when at home, weighing and recording everything; but, when travelling, I generally rely on gut feel (or my eye for calories) for both calories and nutrition.

I use a tracker not only for the calories but also to make sure that I am getting enough protein along with some vitamins and minerals that are hard for me with a reduced calorie intake.

Finally, I do try to get some kind of exercise each day: Walk, run, bike, lift weights, something. Skipping one day in a week doesn't concern me; if it looks like I am going to miss more than that, I start adjusting my schedule.

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I've been doing sustained weight loss for about 8 months now...totally agree that actually measuring what you eat is key. I now measure my breakfast every morning. Hard to do that at lunch b/c I eat out with colleagues every day, but I've done enough of it at home that my "eye" for calories has gotten better.

That + brutal adherence to logging what I eat in MyFitnessPal (using the bar code scanner whenever possible) has made a huge difference. I now have a rule that "if it doesn't go in the app, it doesn't go in my mouth."

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Old 04-29-2016, 08:28 AM   #82
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I have been tracking calories and exercise using the Loseit app for 2-3 years and found that method very effective for weight control. Before that I really had no idea of the number of calories I was consuming or the number of calories expended. By keeping the average ratio just under 1 I've been able to lose weight slowly but steadily and I don't feel deprived.

The new eating habits are pretty much ingrained now, but I'm reluctant to stop tracking diet/exercise for fear that the ratio might slip back up over 1 and there would be gradual weight gain.

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Thanks for the link sengsational. I think it was a good article but I don't really agree that it 'disproves' the CICO hypothesis unless one takes the theory very literally. I think what it does do is highlight the fact that people are just eating way too many calories and that diet is the main culprit in weight gain. I don't think that this comes as a surprise to anyone at all. Exercise has many health benefits but in the face of super-sized, super-sweet, super-salty, super-fatty foods, it just can't compete!! I thought Michael Moss's book about the food industry was very illuminating in the area of the how the pursuit of greater sales really has had humongous health consequences.
Agree. Exercise will make you healthier everything else being equal, but how much you eat is by far the most important factor in maintaining a healthy weight. It's obviously this way because it is way easier to put 100 extra calories down the "pie hole" than it is to burn 100 extra calories off. As well, vigorous exercise increases your appetite, so if you are not careful, you will simply replace the calories burned with more calories in. Off to my workout.

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