I have learned a vast amount this year about my own weight loss journey and possibly about other people’s journey as well. With all the running I did late 2009 and early 2010 you would think that gaining weight would be impossible. This is far FAR from the truth. For someone like me, who loves to eat and also tends to the emotional eating side of things, excise may not make up the difference. For me, lots and lots of running may slow down the gaining but it will not prevent it. What I have learned about how much food plays a part in the whole weight loss game is contrary to what I thought originally. My gain occured steadily while running lots of miles as well as 30-40 mile long runs. Yup, that’s right!! I had months where I still steadily gained weight despite the fact that I was run 10 hours a week or so. In fact, the many hours of running in a way decived me into thinking I did not have to watch what I ate as much, and then my eating remaining faulty even after I got burned out on running. This just multiplied the weight gain effect.
So my conclusion is that no matter what exercise we do, what we put into our bodies via our mouth is the most important aspect of weight loss or gain. I understand more now that it is possible to lose weight without exercising but eating VERY well but pretty much impossible to be really successful just leaning on burning calories through exercise. In my WW meetings they always said that you could lose weight without the exercise even though it was not recommended and the loss would not be as rapid but I always kind of doubted it in the back of my mind. I don’t doubt this anymore. If my eating had stayed healthy, balanced, and monitored I never would have gained any weight back despite the amount I ran. So I think food comes first. It is the main-stay weapon in our arsenal in the weight loss battle.