Weight loss, fit­ness not the same

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports -

I have three child­hood friends who also still live in the area where we grew up, and we get to­gether for lunch or din­ner every month or two.

The most re­cent time we got to­gether, one of my friends talked about be­ing on a low-carb diet and los­ing a lot of weight.

I per­son­ally started ex­er­cis­ing at a young age and have been work­ing out my whole life. I mix it up and at times have been a runner, weightlifter, swim­mer and even yoga stu­dent. The point is that I love to ex­er­cise and can see that it makes me feel and look younger than most peo­ple my age. I am not skinny and have a lit­tle pad­ding on my body, but I am not what you’d call fat.

We are in our 40s, and my friend who lost weight by cut­ting down on carbs looked straight at me and said to the group, “Ex­er­cise is only good for 20 per­cent of weight loss, while diet is 80 per­cent.”

One of our other friends asked me whether I agree, and I said I don’t know. “I re­ally en­joy ex­er­cise and have never re­ally had to fo­cus on weight loss,” I said. But they all seemed to agree that diet is much more im­por­tant than ex­er­cise. It doesn’t feel right to me, so I’m cu­ri­ous to hear what the truth is.

Weight loss and fit­ness are not nec­es­sar­ily the same thing. The odds are good that your friend will re­gain some of that lost weight once he or she starts eat­ing car­bo­hy­drates again, whereas it is likely that you will stay youth­ful and en­er­getic with all your ex­er­cise.

I would rather be a lit­tle chubby but fit from ex­er­cise than be thin from di­et­ing but out of shape inside.

It’s true that burn­ing enough calo­ries to lose weight re­quires much more ex­er­cise than the av­er­age per­son is will­ing to do, so in that sense, diet could be 80 per­cent of weight loss and ex­er­cise 20 per­cent.

But if good health and over­all fit­ness are your goals, a bal­ance of the two makes sense. New stud­ies also show that get­ting at least eight hours of sleep a night is equally im­por­tant for weight loss and good health.

My hus­band and I moved in to a new apart­ment com­plex sev­eral months ago, and our down­stairs neigh­bors are crazy. The adults yell and scream, and the kid down there cries. This goes on al­most every day. We called pub­lic safety, and when that didn’t re­sult in any changes, we called Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices. Still noth­ing. They still scream and yell; the kid still con­stantly cries. It’s to the point where we want to move, but we’re fi­nan­cially un­able to. We don’t know what to do.

Call 911 in­stead. This will en­sure that of­fi­cers come out to the house and can as­sess the child’s home sit­u­a­tion.

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