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Beyond the Scale: Why I Don’t Recommend Exercise For Weight Loss

Barbara Katz July 2023

Permanent Weight Loss: Dr. Barbara L Katz

Exercise is not my recommended method for weight loss!

Every day, I walk my dogs two miles and spend 30 – 45 minutes on my exercise bike (while watching Netflix) or go to the gym. When I walk, I burn about 100 calories each mile. Losing weight – or even maintaining my weight – only using activity – would take intense and prolonged daily exercise. For most people, using exercise as a weight loss method is not practical or sustainable.

Benefits Of Exercise To Weight Loss:

However, exercise has other benefits. Exercise relieves stress, decreases depression, builds strength, improves balance, and provides an opportunity to socialize (I’ve met many people just by walking my dogs!). It helps our bodies function optimally and keeps our minds sharp. Exercise also may decrease blood pressure, strengthen our immune systems, help us sleep better, increase our energy and help ward off dementia.

“Regularly exercising may also motivate us to eat healthily and have more energy.”

Regular exercise can improve our quality of life as we age by enabling us to maintain strong bones, flexible joints, and better balance. Our minds are more likely to remain sharp. With regular exercise, we’re less likely to become housebound or immobile. Regularly exercising may also motivate us to eat healthily and have more energy

Makes Us More Mobile And Active:

You can move more easily as you lose weight by taking excess pressure off your joints. A study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism found that losing one pound of weight removed four pounds of pressure from the knees. A 10-pound weight loss would relieve 40 pounds of stress from your knees – significant if you have knee pain or arthritis.

When you walk on level ground, the force on your knees is about 1 1/2 times your body weight. The pressure becomes two to three times your body weight when you walk up or down an incline and four to five times your body weight when you squat. So even small amounts of weight loss will decrease the pressure on your knees and other joints and help you become more mobile and active.

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Barbara Katz

About the Author:

Dr. Barbara L Katz is a physician, an Advanced Certified Weight Loss Coach and a Life Coach for women over 50. She is CEO of Dr Barbara L Katz, Coaching and specializes in helping women over 50 to lose their excess weight for the last time without dieting or excessive exercise. She, herself, lost over 40 pounds in her 60s with the help of coaching. In her free time, she participates in dog obedience, agility, and therapy dog visits to the local children’s hospital with her 2 pugs.

As a coach, she helps women visualize themselves as their future selves, comfortable and controlled around all foods. You can sign up for her weekly posts on her website, https://drbarbaralkatzcoaching.com. Every week in your inbox, you will receive information about how to lose weight successfully and permanently without dieting.