Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Exercise Enhances Your Low-Carb Lifestyle

People who know me now can vouch for the fact that I am a bona fide workout nut. As in, I go to the gym ALL THE TIME for my regular sessions of sweating and getting my heart rate up. I absolutely love the fact that I have made exercise a permanent habit that I fully intend on doing for the rest of my life. It's THAT important to me.

This is a far cry from the 410-pound morbidly obese slob that I was in early 2004. No energy, no motivation, no willingness to change...I was the proverbial ticking time bomb from a health standpoint. I needed to lose weight and start exercising as soon as possible or my days were numbered. That's a serious place to let yourself get into, but there I was!

My blogging friend Kent Altena was also in that same boat when he weighed over 400 pounds before the Atkins diet came to save him as well. But Kent and I will both stand here today and proudly give credit to our regular exercise regimens as much as our low-carb lifestyle for helping us become 200-pound weight loss success stories. That's why Kent's latest Atkins education video is on this subject of exercise.

Check out the video below:


When I decided to write my book about my low-carb experience, I KNEW exercise would need to have a chapter of its own. I called the chapter "Exercise Is Not A Dirty Word." As much as we want to bemoan and run kicking and screaming away from this important element to a healthy lifestyle, exercise is extremely important not only for weight loss, but also for improving your health.

Studies have shown that exercise extends the length of your life, lowers cholesterol in tandum with a low-carb diet, and protects against heart disease with just 30 minutes daily.

Exercising causes people to notice you and is absolutely an integral part of your low-carb lifestyle. Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn't know what they are talking about! Wanna see phenomenal results with low-carb? Then you will want to start exercising as soon as possible.

Kent notes in his video to start off slow or even ignore exercise early on as you begin changing your dietary habits which are usually the bigger problem for most people. I took this approach and did not exercise until month 2 of my Atkins diet. I lost 30 pounds in month 1, but adding exercise in month 2 helped me shed 40 pounds. WOW! That just motivated me to keep on exercising to see how much MORE I could lose. Of course, I went on to lose 180 pounds in 2004.

Although I can easily get through a 45-minute workout today burning 750-800 calories on the elliptical machine, I remember those early days of being the "fat guy" walking on the treadmill at 3mph for 20 minutes gasping for air. HELP ME, I CAN'T BREATHE! LOL! It's funny NOW that I'm a lot more physically conditioned to exercise, but it was a tough road early on. You can find out more about my exercise experiences in my book. Let's just say it wasn't always very pretty. :-~

Kent makes the excellent point that regardless of how long you exercise when you decide to do it, just start getting in the habit of exercise so you can learn to schedule it in your life. People who say they don't have time to exercise are lying to themselves. They have the time but they choose to fill it with something else. I go exercise on my lunch break just as I have for the past three years. The fine folks at the YMCA know me by name and can almost set their watch for my daily arrival.

As was stated on the video by Kent, you may not FEEL like exercising at first, but soon something very special will start to happen. You will have so much energy coming out of your body that you will WANT to exercise to let it all out of you. You'll become an exercise monster and start craving it like you used to crave chocolate cake. Sounds absurd, but you will!

Post your comments about Kent's latest video at his blog and don't forget to THANK him for the outstanding service he is doing for the low-carb community.

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Blogger Invisible Blogger said...

jimmy, you cant believe the numbers on the machines regarding your calorie burn. and remember you need to subtract the 150 - 200 you would have burned anyway, even if you had just stayed in bed. so perhaps a more realistic 400 calories burned, minus 200, that gives you a 200 calorie benefit. And if you are not watching your calorie intake, that amount is very easy to replace.

9/27/2006 8:03 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

What?! IB, I understand that those machines can be off in their calories burned assessment, but I'm not even counting the calories I'm burning the rest of the day, my friend.

All the fast-paced walking, taking the stairs, even sleeping didn't even go into my calories burned totals. That's JUST from my workout.

I KNOW I easily burn well over 1200 calories daily with my active lifestyle. Anyone who knows me will say how energetic and physically active that I am. I walk fast and do it by design.

Your assessment of my fitness and the calories burned is off. BIG TIME!

9/27/2006 8:26 AM  
Blogger Invisible Blogger said...

I dont know who you are arguing with, but it aint me, hahaa! Once again you are twisting my words, but I guess that is just your style, I am getting used to it! I said nothing about your overall fitness and how many calories you burn in a day. I am just saying that aerobic exercise by itself isnt a great weight management tool.
Jimmy, do you do any strength training? I find I get far more benefit from hitting the weights than from the treadmill.

9/27/2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Not arguing, IB, just clarifying my position. I do SOME strength training, but admittedly could do more. The last thing I want to do is let my cardio routine slack off. I would love to fit in more weight lifting into my routine.

9/27/2006 9:03 AM  
Blogger Invisible Blogger said...

there are those who argue that your cardio is getting in the way of your strength training! I'm not sure myself, but I have been following the slow burn method advocated by the Eades of Protein Power fame, and I have cut out the cardio completely, for the time being. I am starting to believe that strength training the slow burn way, or any way for that matter, is far better for you than cardio alone. you do a better job at strengthening your muscles from head to toe (both the aerobic fibers and the anaerobic), and you have a far lower risk of injury.

9/27/2006 11:16 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Fair enough, IB. But I LOVE my cardio workouts. I wouldn't think of stopping them because they reduce my stress and make me feel REALLY good. Who would have thought exercise could do THAT?! Not me before livin' la vida low-carb.

9/27/2006 11:44 AM  
Blogger Ray Kelly said...

IB - Yes you could subtract what you would have burnt if you didn't exercise but if you are going to do that, you must add the extra calories you burn after you get off the cardio gear. I'm sure you know that your body continues to burn ectra calories whilst it recovers from the session (ie, oxygen, temperature, etc)


9/27/2006 6:10 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

I am not sure of the calorie aspect but exercise certainly tones you so you look even if you are not low carbing and eating the same thing, there are going to be some type of results in your body form.
I just think both diet and exercise should be combined for optimal effects!!!!!!!

9/27/2006 7:55 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

I think everyone has to judge for themselves what works.
Just cardio alone doesn't work for ME but doesn't mean it's for everyone.
I do both but mostly b/c I need the upper body strength which some of the cardio "Machines" don't give me.

In the end, we all have to do what WE love to do to stick with it....that is the key.


9/27/2006 7:58 PM  

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