I am currently moving into a new home so I've taken about 5 days off so far of training. I have noticed that I look leaner and my close are looser. Mark Sissi On has always said that our ancestors were pretty sendatary but I kind of ignored it. I'm starting to think there is something to it. When I was bodybuilding the opposite would definitely happen. If I took even 3 days off I felt fat, lethargic and irritable. Do any of you lose weight and feel better when you are not training? Is it something with this diet in particular that maybe causes more cortisol release when you train intensely? I probably eat 10% less calories when I am not training but I definitely don't eat less carbs.
I've been injured since early spring, and haven't been able to exercise pretty much at all...I am definitely less hungry, and eating less carbs, and started doing some intermittent fasting...and I don't weigh myself, but do measure sporadically...I've lost inches all over being more sedentary than I've ever been...and I can tell just by looking in the mirror that I've lost significant fat...I'm rethinking my whole exercise philosophy because of this. I feel like this time away from the gym is helping to reset my metabolism!
When I started the Archevore/Paleo lifestyle (not diet!) at the beginning of this year, I weighed 195 (at 5'11"). 6 weeks later I weighed 180 lbs. This was without any working out at all. At my starting weight, I was definitely not morbidly obese, but unquestionably overweight. So I considered 15 lbs loss fairly significant given my starting point.
The decision to not work out was intentional for several reasons-
1) My working hypothesis was that diet was the 80+% of the battle. Maybe more.
2) I wanted to control the n=1 experiment to isolate the impact of working out from dietary changes. Since I was not working out with any regularity prior to the New Year, I did not want to alter two significant variables at once.
3) I had read enough anecdotal evidence that keto adapation takes time. Since my expectation that my carb intake would diminish (although perhaps not fully in ketosis), I did not want tax my CNS with a substantial workout program while my metabolism was making a significant adjustment. Slamming your CNS is quite possibly one of the biggest issues people have when jumping off the cliff to start their workout program without easing into it.
After losing 15 lbs in 6 weeks, I have lost another 3-4 lbs in the last 5 months - the infamous plateau. I feel I need to lose another 12-15 lbs. I just recently started the exercise program with the diet constant to see how changing this variable impacts my results.
Good luck, Aravind
It seems like a lot of these replies are focusing on weight loss without exercise; but the way I read the question, it seems like the topic is...differences in fat loss among people that work out intermittently.
I lost about 50 or 60 pounds before taking up exercise (soccer about 4 days a week, no "training"). Because I travel every month for a week I have three weeks "on" and one week "off" soccer. On my "off" weeks I too experience greater weight loss. REally the leanest I ever get. When I get back to playing soccer I put on a handful of pounds.
It's an interesting observation and one that I find interesting because I've taken blood glucose readings post-exercise (and also baseline) and find that my levels are astonishingly high after I've played a game. (Fasting levels are about 80 mg/dL; post-prandial levels are about 100; post-exercise are around 150.)
I'm assuming that my liver is ratcheting up conversion of glycogen to glucose and/or entering into gluconeogenesis during exercise. The subsequent insulin surge could have something to do with fat accumulation.
Either that or I'm starving myself unintentionally on my travels and burning up my muscle tissue...
I started Paleo in Feb. right after retina surgery and lost 20 lbs. So I couldn't work out. Since starting to work out in April til now another 20 lbs. I'm now at 237 from 277, doing things at 53 I couldn't do at 25 and still getting stronger.
I'm at about 30 lbs loss now and I haven't worked out much at all, I'm trying to push myself to do some sprints once or twice a week, haven't gotten past the thinking stage!
I just make sure I move alot all day, avoid sitting for long periods. That said, I could use some toning and after we move I'll look into perhaps a trainer.
I always avoid exercise when trying to loose fat, otherwise I just bulk up in already big areas. First I want to be leaner in all the right places and then I'll tone it up, well, now!
it depends on your body and how things work for you I guess. I hear alot of people working out, I just don't have the drive to do that, I'd rather dance than exercise!!
Well I can only speak on my own experience. I started paleo 3 months ago at 225 lbs. I don't train. My exercise is playing 2 games of softball per week and I surf fish and I lift 1 to 2 times a month. I lost 35 lbs in 6 weeks and have maintained weight for for the last 3. I would say you can lose weight while not training.
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