Trainer Tales: Karie's Facebook Question - Part #2
In Part #1, I gave Karie some advice on her weight loss problem. Here is her response 3 weeks later:
Just wanted to update: After almost a full month of calorie counting (~1810 a day limit) I am down 6.6 pounds! That was surely the problem. Assuming I was doing “ok” nutrition-wise was not good enough. Thank you for opening my eyes Bowflex Trainer Tim Arndt and Bowflex Dietitian Erin Kuh! I appreciate it. I am still doing my M5 3 days a week, 2 14-minute Max Intervals back-to-back. No more yo-yoing. Just solid progress.
All she needed to do was tighten up her diet a little bit.
Results come from a combination of exercising and eating at a caloric deficit. Do that, and any exercise will do! Even an exercise as simple as walking – which by the way, is the most utilized form of exercise for successful weight loss – will shed pounds as long as it's coupled with a good diet.
Any machine or form of exercise does not have magical results. When it comes to weight loss you are always subject to calories in versus calories out. It's darn near impossible to outwork a high calorie diet.
Machines like the Bowflex TreadClimber and Max Trainer simply provide different ways for you to increase your caloric expenditure in a way that works for you. If you find a workout that fits your lifestyle, you're more apt to stay motivated, thus, increasing your chances of sustaining your results.
At the end of the day, don't blame the exercise or the machine if you're failing to lose weight. Karie's Facebook post is a perfect example of how your struggle is a likely a sign that you need to take a closer look at what you're eating.