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April 24, 2013 2:55 PM
I'm not planning to do literally no exercise - I take brisk walks and plan to go to a gym class or work out at home as often as I can - but I'm curious to know how much weight, if any, can be lost through calorie reduction alone? I just wondered if there's someone out there more experienced than me who can give me some more information. I've worked out my TDEE (via fitnessfrog.com) based on 'little to no exercise' so I know what my calorie intake needs to be when I'm not working out, i.e. 15/20% less than my TDEE, but can a person lose much weight that way? Sorry if I sound silly - I'm very new to all this! :)

Thanks in advance!
April 24, 2013 2:59 PM
Back in 2002 I had joined weight watchers - not sure what the calories were however I lost 36 pounds (about all I needed) without doing a single exercise! It can be done - the exercising not only has health benefits but it allows you to consume more calories than with out which can also have health benefits or perks
  38507735
April 24, 2013 3:03 PM
weight loss = calorie reduction

so yes you can.
  37100208
April 24, 2013 3:04 PM
You can, but if you have a lot of weight to loose your skin will be saggy and not firm at all. The exercise not only has health benefits but allows your body and skin to tone as you lose.
  20499532
April 24, 2013 3:07 PM
Short answer is yes
April 24, 2013 3:07 PM
Yes. Calorie deficit = weight loss.
  12837362
April 24, 2013 3:08 PM
Yes, but if you exercise you will see a better result....
  25143044
April 24, 2013 3:08 PM
calorie reduction along with strength training a few times a week. it doesn't have to be much more
complicated that that.
April 24, 2013 3:09 PM
I love when people say, yes, but...

There's no but. Yes, you can. Calorie deficit will = weight loss. /end
April 24, 2013 3:09 PM
At first, yes but eventually, not really...
April 24, 2013 3:09 PM
A calorie reduction below actual TDEE will always result in weight-loss.

However, without strength-training or other resistance-type exercises, much of it will be lean-mass (ie: muscle) instead of fat...

Strength/Resistance training in combination with calories below TDEE will help retain lean mass (not all of it, but a higher percentage) than calorie-reduction alone. This is by-far preferable if you can manage it...
  40330449
April 24, 2013 3:10 PM
I lost 40 lbs previously with no exercise.
April 24, 2013 3:11 PM
Calorie reduction is the only means to weight loss.

Now if you are talking about FAT loss, thats a different story.

Without strength training, you will lose fat but will also likely lose muscle mass as a result because you haven't provided the stimulus to your body to "tell" it to hold on to as much muscle as possible. What ends up happening often times is you end up with the "skinny fat" look people on here talk about.

Cardio is optional but beneficial both for cardio health as well as for allowing for greater leniency.
  1190003
April 24, 2013 3:11 PM
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I love when people say, yes, but...

There's no but. Yes, you can. Calorie deficit will = weight loss. /end


This!
April 24, 2013 3:12 PM
I lost 30 lbs in 2 months by eating 1200 calories per day. I gained it all back though. I've learned that adding exercise is big part in creating a healthy lifestyle.
April 24, 2013 3:12 PM
You can, but I personally find it very difficult to maintain a deficit if I'm not actively burning calories.
  39019710
April 24, 2013 3:12 PM
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At first, yes but eventually, not really...


Oh, really? Please explain.
  12837362
April 24, 2013 3:13 PM
It can be done but you get a different body shape. Some people that don't work on strength and cardio exercises and focus on calorie reduction (not saying it's you, just saying in general) can be classified skinnier, but they may look ill or unhealthy just due to the lack of muscle percentage. Also keep in mind that the added muscles help to lose more calories. So a person weighing 140 but little muscle, and a person weighing 140 but with more muscle, the person with more muscle will lose more calories. Also remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so if you have high muscle density in your body, you might just look better because more of your body is muscle
April 24, 2013 3:14 PM
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calorie reduction along with strength training a few times a week. it doesn't have to be much more
complicated that that.


You do not need to add strength training to lose weight.


You don't *need* to...

...but you should...

...for many various other reasons.
  8625464
April 24, 2013 3:14 PM
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calorie reduction along with strength training a few times a week. it doesn't have to be much more
complicated that that.


You do not need to add strength training to lose weight.


This is correct.


this is also correct!
  17200059
April 24, 2013 3:16 PM
QUOTE:

A calorie reduction below actual TDEE will always result in weight-loss.

However, without strength-training or other resistance-type exercises, much of it will be lean-mass (ie: muscle) instead of fat...

Strength/Resistance training in combination with calories below TDEE will help retain lean mass (not all of it, but a higher percentage) than calorie-reduction alone. This is by-far preferable if you can manage it...


Agreed. The is exactly the reason why most girls can't do pull ups or push ups: too much cardio and not enough protein.
April 24, 2013 3:17 PM
You will lose weight with calorie reduction alone. But you will just become a smaller you. Your shape won't change.

To change your shape you need to lift weights and they need to get progressively heavier so they continually challenge your body to adapt.
April 24, 2013 3:17 PM
Absolutely! When I first started this I wasn't exercising at all and ended up losing a ton. Well, not literally, but figuratively.

Then my doc made me watch this short vid on youtube called 23 1/2 Hours which is all about the health benefits of walking 30 minutes a day. That seemed doable, and I started that. I saw an immediate increase in the amount was losing. Whereas I was losing about 2lbs a week on average, I started losing about 3. And that was just from a 30 minute brisk walk every day!

So, yes, you can definitely lose weight by not doing anything. But if you do do something, even something really simple, the increase in the amount lost can be dramatic!
  33765041
April 24, 2013 3:19 PM
Yes. I lost most of my weight without ever exercising.

If you want to significantly reduce your body fat percentage, though, you're going to need some exercise- resistance training in particular.
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April 24, 2013 3:20 PM
Thank you ALL so much for your answers! Although I am not so big, I need to lose FAT so I need to work out as well as reduce my calorie intake, don't I? Thanks a lot, I knew you'd have words of wisdom for me and I really appreciate it. Most people mention strength training rather than cardio, is that right? THANKS AGAIN! :)

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