Have any of you over the age 30 lost weight through exercise alone, not changing the diet? If yes, what kind of exercise worked best for you?

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    Apr 09, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
    Just read somewhere that exercise alone very rarely contributes to weight loss. Of course gaining a lot of muscles must take care of increasing one's metabolism, and therefore there will be additional calorie burn. However, what about cardio, HIIT as a focus... Any long distance runners that care to contribute? I feel like my diet is great, I eat healthy, and if I ate any less I'd be starving. I want to lose 5-10 pounds for the beach basically.
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    Apr 09, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    I've always been thin and was told it would all change when I passed 40. I started gaining about a pound a year even though I was eating a bit less because my appetite was becoming more normal and not out of control as it was when I was younger. This past year I somehow lost all ten pounds I gained the prior 10 years with no change in diet. I don't have a gym membership so I can only say it must be the sports I do. Before I was mostly swimming but I do more adrenaline sports now that require very strong abs muscles.

  • Apr 11, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    Wow. You look amazing. Why would you want to lose 5-10 lbs!

    I find that I have to change my diet as well as excercising to get the best results. But with your metabolism, it looks like increasing your cardio could thin you down a bit.
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    Apr 11, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    eat less, sweat more... from my 30 something brother, diet is key
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    Apr 11, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    friendormate saidI've always been thin and was told it would all change when I passed 40. I started gaining about a pound a year even though I was eating a bit less because my appetite was becoming more normal and not out of control as it was when I was younger. This past year I somehow lost all ten pounds I gained the prior 10 years with no change in diet. I don't have a gym membership so I can only say it must be the sports I do. Before I was mostly swimming but I do more adrenaline sports now that require very strong abs muscles.
    you do realize that i have absolutely NO pity for your "condition"... icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 11, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
    Last summer I was the heaviest I'd ever been, even though working out every day and eating healthily. Then in September I started working out with my bf's Triathlon group as a last try. The increase in work-out time and training intensity made me lose about 10 pounds in 2 months, without significant changes to my diet. (Although I don't feel the urge to stuff my face with chocolate anymore, after I've done a 90 min work-out in the early morning). So my advice regarding your training would be to completely change your training routine, increase time and intensity and maybe you'll lose some pounds.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 12, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    Starving yourself makes your body go into emergency survival mode, storing as much fat as possible.

    I went from skinny to muscular, from working out with weights. I always walked a lot. That was the only thing aerobic.

    Then, I took a couple of years off from working out, got no aerobic exercise, and gained some fat weight. As soon as I started working out again, the fat quickly went away, and with no aerobics.

    And, I've always eaten anything I wanted...

    I think the weight training makes all the difference.