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The Good News: Not All Dieters Regain Lost Weight

The bad news: You may have to cut TV out of your routine.

We are constantly reminded that diets do not work and that 95% of all dieters gain back the pounds they lost while dieting. Motivating, right? However a recent report in USAToday has found that some dieters actually can keep the pounds off, especially if they exercise regularly and don't watch a lot of TV. BuzzSugar is not going to like this because those who reported spending an average of four or more hours daily watching TV, playing video games or using the computer outside work were more likely to regain than those who spent one hour or less a day doing those activities.

I am not saying it's the end all be all, but it wouldn't hurt to try and cut your TV time down to an hour or less some days and see what happens. Chances are we'll move a little more and we may even get those things we've been putting off accomplished, like cleaning out the linen closet. After all a 130 pound person can burn about 172 calories per hour doing housework, which is more than double the measly 62 calories per hour she'll burn while watching TV.


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melda melda 10 years
yeah whenever I watch tv I feel quilty
krisua krisua 10 years
Exactly. They say that small movements around the house don't replace the real exercising but hey it's MUCH better than sitting and eating.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I think that's very true....when I get get cozy in front of the TV, sometimes I find myself reaching for more than one snack during the night. It's only when I feel my stomach digesting everything when I try to pull back. But the T.V. can be such a trap! And even at the movie theater, I know I like to have a snack or something to munch on while I'm watching a movie, just because the food is just as entertaining as the movie itself. Ah, Food and Entertaining. They really do go together! It's just quitting while we're ahead part that's hard!
queencessjosie queencessjosie 10 years
Additional information: The reason dieting "doesn't work" is because most people don't couple it with exercise. You can revamp your diet all you want, but it MUST be kept up with exercise. The reason for this is that different bodies have different set points (in weight) that they try to maintain. You can diet all you want, but if you choose not to exercise, your body will compensate for the weight lost and you'll gain it all back.
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