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Should I be learning to eat right first and then think about exercising or try to do both at the same time?


Asked by QandA at 7:44 PM on Jun. 25, 2010 in Health

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  • If you start changing too much all at once you may get overwhelmed and quit everything. I would go with the food first .eat healthy for a month or so then start walking. You will start feeling better within a week once you start eating better and you will find yourself moving more all on your own (with out even thinking about it) afer 3-4 weeks you and your body will be ready to start walking and mild excersising then you can build it up from there
    Good luck on your life changes !!!

    Answer by justgrape723 at 11:15 AM on Jun. 26, 2010

  • I would slowly ease into both. Start cutting out the bad foods you eat often...starches, soda, high-fat items, heavily precessed foods, etc. Slowly start a workout regimen too. Start with something easy, then work your way up as you get comfortable with what you're currently doing. If you jump head-first into both you're more likely to crash and burn and give up. It needs to be a lifestyle change, not a diet or insane workout just to lose weight. You'll also find that if you ease into it and make it a constant thing that you can live with, you'll be more likely to stick with it. This is always something that's good to discuss with your doctor. Best of luck! :)

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 7:54 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • i would work on the diet first and just do simple exercising like taking a brisk walk 30 min. every day. then when you get the diet down you can amp up your workout routine. bc just by fixing your diet you will begin to lose weight with moderate exercise.... the reverse is not necessairly true

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 8:46 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • I have started with exercising ~ on the elliptical 30 mins. 5 days a week. I will work on eating better soon!! We don't eat absolutely awful, but not the best...

    Answer by jekrmom at 11:29 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • It's easier to make small changes. If you start exercising you'll want to eat more, especially right after you exercise. The impact isn't nearly as bad if you're in the habit of eating healthy before you go and double your appetite.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:25 AM on Jun. 26, 2010

  • I would start with simple changes.
    Don’t buy junk food
    Walk, or do other exercise, for at least 20 minutes a day, at least 3 times a week.
    Make sure that you are drinking enough water, at least 8 8oz glasses a day.
    Eat an apple or big pile of veggies before meals.
    Eat 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, in at least 3 different colors.
    Eat 5-6 servings of whole grains a day.
    Eat at least two servings of legumes a day.
    Cut way back on meat and dairy

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:24 AM on Jun. 26, 2010

  • I always found it was easier to start exercising first, and then change eating habits. Once you start exercising, a lot of times you will find that you have a desire to change the way you eat. Make slow changes, nothing drastic that you don't think you will keep up with - it needs to be reasonable or you will slip back into your old ways of eating out of habit.

    Answer by missanc at 8:16 AM on Jun. 26, 2010