“Body Fat And Exercise” Notes

Welcome to week three of my weight loss journey! This week is based off a lot from Fontaine’s blog, “Let’s Discuss Nutrition.” Before I begin, let me tell you a little bit on who is Fontaine. The Commission credits Freida P. Fontaine on Dietetic Registration as a Nutrition and Diabetic Technician, Registered (NDTR), with experience in nursing facilities and Nutrition Counselor.

The post I took notes from her blog is called, “Body Fat And Exercise.” In my weight loss journey, I would like to incorporate exercise. I remember the feeling of my endorphins being released after a great workout and I would want to do it again. I am taking notes from Fontaine’s post about how body fat an exercise happens. I do this to get more of an understanding of how everything entwines.

I always thought to lose weight exercising needs to happen. Then I remember being told you have to burn as many calories as you consumed. With both these statements, I never expanded the education behind them.

Now, reading Fontaine’s post the first thing she shares is, “If you start an exercise program you will lose fat. Not exactly.”(Fontaine) Her statement opened up a whole new perspective in my eyes! What does she mean by this? It seems everyone in the fitness and health world drill that in your head, “you need to exercise to lose weight.” As I continue to read Fontaine’s post, she explains, “[t]o lose body fat, you must create a daily calorie deficit.”(Fontaine) Then she expands on that statement explaining, “exercise will contribute to creating a calorie deficit but you must also eat fewer calories. This may sound counterintuitive, but exercise is better used to maintain weight loss rather than lose it. It’s not to say weight loss can’t occur through exercise; it will if you consume fewer calories on a daily basis. The problem occurs when the calories burned during exercise is quickly replaced.” So, to summarize, exercise could help lose weight, but if you are consuming more calories than what you burn in a workout, you’re not losing weight. You are just keeping it stable. My misunderstanding about exercise has been solved.

Another curiosity I have had is: when in the day should I be working out? When I had a personal trainer, we worked out every Monday at five than she would give me workouts to do on my own for the rest of the week. I always tried to complete them before work, to get them out of the way. Once I stopped meeting with my trainer, my workout routines were all over the place and the next thing I knew I stopped doing them altogether. Looking at Fontaine’s advice when to workout, “[i]t doesn’t matter what time of day you exercise, as long as you do it.” I think this is a valid point. I know from my experience when I missed my workout time I felt like it was too late to do it. So, I pushed it for tomorrow. The next thing you know, it has been weeks, and I still haven’t done it, and I am entirely off the exercise routine.

Another part I would like to note from what Fontaine says about when to workout is, “[Y]ou don’t have to load your activity into load your activity into one or two hours.” (Fontaine) Every time I started any exercise, my mindset was, “I need to do this whole workout right away.” I would be running late, so I could get my whole workout done. Having the new mindset, “if I don’t have time to finish my workout I can break it up and finish later, or I can break it up in half.” I would feel more at ease and be able to focus on what I am doing instead of focusing on racing the clock.

My biggest take away in Fontaine’s post is, it doesn’t matter when I exercise I need to do it before the next day! I also learned if I want results for weight loss in my workouts I need to be cautious about how many calories I am consuming. I am struggling with the calorie count. Calorie count is not something I would like to do all the time. But, will save that struggle for another time! Thank you all for reading!

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