Exercise vs. Nutrition / by James Leath

Myth-buster: Exercise is the quickest way to lose weight. Hey Mom!

Really, It’s all about the math… If you are now eating 3,000 calories a day, and you go on a 1,800-calorie diet, you’ll cut 1,200 calories. If you add 30 minutes of exercise (or 45-50 minutes from a camp session) you might burn another 250-600 calories, but you would have to have two or three sessions extra a week to match the weight loss from simple calorie-cutting. “Most people underestimate the calories they are eating and overestimate the calories they burn,” says James Hill, an obesity researcher at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center. That’s why exercise remains the single most important thing you can do to maintain weight loss, since it increases your energy burn and allows you to eat normally without gaining weight back. -Adapted from Men’s Journal, November 2007, page 96. Originally written by Christie Aschwanden,

Quote I love: "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." ~Aristotle

Now let's go and sweat it out!