Coach PaulYesterday we talked about the discouragement that most people feel when they decide to start exercising to loose unwanted pounds and it doesn't seem to work. Today we're going to find out why.

First, let's start with some facts:

  • 1 pound (lb) of human fat contains 3500 calories.
  • 30 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic exercise burns between 200 and 400 calories.
  • 12-ounce can of Pepsi or other soda contains 150 calories.
  • In-N-Out Double-Double contains 690 calories.
  • McDonald's regular size fries contain 210 calories.

Now let's do some math: Q1: John is 10 lbs overweight. John begins a new exercise program that will include 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day. How many days will it take for John to lose 10 lbs through just the aerobic exercise alone? A1: At 10 lbs, John has accumulated 35,000 calories (10 lbs x 3500 calories per pound) worth of fat that he will need to burn off . Exercising 30 minutes a day, it will take John 117 days to burn of the calories contained in 10 lbs of fact. This assumes of course that John does not add any additional fat pounds during this nearly 4-month period.

Q2. Jane is 8 lbs overweight. She plans to start an exercise program that consists of 15 minutes of aerobic exercise per day. How many days will it take Jane to lose 8 pounds through exercise alone?

A2: At 8lbs, Jan has accumulated 28000 (8 lbs x 3500 calories/pound) calories of fat. If she exercises only 15 minutes a day, it will take her 187 days to lose 8 lbs. This assumes of course that Jan does not add any additional fat pounds during this nearly 4-month period.

You get the picture. Exercise is a critical part of weight management, and it has benefits beyond the scale. However, exercise alone will never be enough for sustained weight loss.

Stay tuned for Part 3!

Warmest Regards,

Coach Paul

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