Two schools of thought I have heard to address the body fat percentage issue are...
1. Reduce carbohydrates, exercise wisely, moderately, or very little; don't worry about calories
2. Eat lots of carbs because your body needs them because you are working out so much to burn them off to lose fat; calories count
Still, I have yet to hear from someone who maintains low (12%-17% for women) body fat with little or no exercise, so that causes me to doubt the credibility of the first school of thought, while the second school of thought makes my cortisol levels scream just thinking about it.
I recommend looking up the book Body by Science. Exercise 1-2x/week at a high intensity for about 15 minutes. Thats all you really need.
Dunno if people have already pointed out, but you don't really exercise to lose weight. Exercising to burn excess calories is futile at best. What the correct exercise (resistance training) really does for you is send the signals to hang on or increase your lean mass raising your metabolic rate and making sustained weight loss easier. No use losing a bunch of weight if its all muscle and bone!
Last edited by Neckhammer; 04-11-2012 at 01:49 PM.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2
okay, that being said, you can easily lose weight without exercising. your body comp will suck, but it has nothing to do with carbs either, it has to do with calories. plenty of people have lost weight on high carb diets. weight watchers works for lots of people.
your best bet would be to realize where you're at in life (!!!), and make some time to exercise, for the sake of life after your prime. diet should be sensible but not carphobic.
Personally I'd rather keep some fat and be strong than be skinny fat and weak. I'm sure the former is actually quite a bit healthier in the long run also.
Oh look, someone who's in the same boat as me! (Also 21 and in college)
I know the feeling of having no time (I literally don't), but there is a valid point to trying to MAKE time to exercise; I mean I haven't gotten there either, so i'm not perfect in any means.
I think it's trying to find where exercise best fits in for you; walking to class, biking to class, pushups before bed, yoga/stretching in the morning - it all adds up. It doesn't have to be a hard-core regimented thing
Hope that helps some. Now I should probably motivate myself to do the same lol.
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(1) "...you're being ridiculous"
(2) "college has got to be the most open, free time in life."
[A] You are not being ridiculous
[B] College is the same for all people
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