Exercise! (was: 8-bit man!)

sateesh narahari sati_home@yahoo.com
Mon, 13 Jan 2003 13:44:19 -0800 (PST)

The best way to lose any excess weight for me has been
to do something physically hard and involved, like
hiking a fourteener, or ski full day or simply walk
10-15 miles every weekend. Works everytime I decide
that I need to drop 10-20 pounds. Getting away from
city for a day also has the advantage that you
wouldn't have immediate access to bad food.

So, yes, exercise works ( but not with that treadmill
in the basement with a bag of potato chips next to it


--- Russell Turpin <deafbox@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Eugen Leitl:
> >Exercise doesn't work either, because realistically
> there's no way you can 
> >burn off your average American meal ..
> My experience is quite different. When I worked
> three miles from home and commuted each day by
> shank's mare, I soon lost much of my excess
> weight. Exercise has two effects on the balance
> of calories consumed vs. calories burnt. Yes,
> the exercise consumes some energy itself. But
> it may be more important that it changes the
> composition of your body. The more muscle you
> have, the more calories you metabolize even
> while sleeping, simply because muscle tissue is
> so much less "efficient" than fat in its own
> metabolism.
> Of course, exercise itself has tremendous health
> and quality of life benefit, independent of any
> weight loss considerations.
> BTW, there was an interesting study recently
> about obesity and geography. People who live in
> sprawling areas like Houston and the valley are
> fatter than people who live in other places.
> The obvious explanation is that you can only
> get about by driving (even for simple trips to
> the store), and when you spend so much time in
> a car, it cuts into time you might otherwise
> spend more actively. I wonder if people who in
> these areas also more often eat in their cars?
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