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February 26, 2009 3:52 PM Subscribe
I would like to lose weight. Please help me find the most efficient way to do this. I apologize for the length of this question.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 5”6’ woman. I weigh approximately 137 pounds. I'd like to weigh closer to 127. I tried dieting, and have been keeping track of everything I eat for nearly a year. This is not working for me. In the first few months, I experienced some weight loss, and I managed to stay around 132 pounds for a while. Then... Christmas. I'm back to 137, and dieting isn't working.
My inexpert theory is that my metabolism has slowed. Since eating less than I currently do would almost certainly be unhealthy, it looks like I have to start working out. This is a problem for me. It’s not just that I’m very busy right now, it’s that the things I am busy with require an enormous amount of willpower, and by the end of the day I really feel like I am totally out of energy to force myself to do something unpleasant. So running, which I understand to be a very good workout for weight loss, is out, because to me it’s just horrible torture and I can’t imagine spending all day forcing myself to complete various draining and difficult tasks and then getting on a treadmill. I would cry.
So, if my goal is to lose weight, what (apart from running) can I do to make that happen as efficiently as possible? I would like to minimize the amount of time I spend doing this, and how disruptive it is to my life. If I can avoid having to do the gym thing (change… go there… work out… go home… shower… change… too many steps! Yes, I know how I sound) that would be amazing.
The only idea I have had so far is to take long walks. This idea appeals to me (I wouldn’t mind exploring my city) but I am not sure it’s a good return on the time spent as compared to other exercises. Is that right? If I spend three hours a week walking around, how does that compare to three hours a week on a bike (or whatever)? Would it be a waste of my time as exercise or would it help slightly? Would I be better off doing pushups or something like that?
Thank you in advance for your advice. I am happy to provide more information, and can be reached at email@example.com.