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  1. Rose

    Another great post—yeah, I’m a big fan. Anyway, I was thinking that it’s also important to get the message out there: Please don’t starve yourself when you do starve yourself, you deprive your body of the essential nutrients. Your body starts to burn only few calories which is a mode of survival in humans . This eventually leads to inability to lose weight or weight loss plateau. Just thought I’d make that point.

  2. David

    The earlier discussion about weight loss plateau—I think that’s what the point was—didn’t mention the mistake of starving yourself. That’s the mistake that some people make. When you do starve yourself, you deprive your body of the essential nutrients. Your body starts to burn only few calories which is a mode of survival in humans . This eventually leads to inability to lose weight or weight loss plateau. Just thought I would add that point.

  3. Sam

    I like the idea of making people aware that carrying too much weight while trying to correct your posture can do more harm than good. I think when it comes to losing weight my advise would be to avoid anything that stresses you in any way. When you stress, you’ll eat uncontrollably. Excellent post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Sam,
      You’re comment is informative and insightful. Thanks for that. Indeed, when you are stressed you’ll crave more sugar and in the end increase the production of cortisol. As I have discussed in previous posts, Cortisol is the stress hormone. It helps manage stress and continuous production of the stress hormone leads to storage of belly fat. Thanks for checking in.

  4. Margaret

    I’m so glad that you always mention pacing yourself—read your posts on overtraining—brilliant stuff. Anyway, You’re body has gotten used to what you’re already doing and if you try to push yourself even more you might just break down and totally reverse everything you’ve done, increasing stress and inflammation which can obstruct weight loss. Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

  5. Allison

    I’m so glad that you mention pacing when it comes to exercising if you’re overweight and haven’t been exercising for long. If you’re just starting out, don’t do all those jumping and running routines that “fitness gurus” preach about on social media. With all that extra weight, you’re more likely to hurt your joints—not to mention your self-esteem. Also, your heart and lungs might not be prepared for all that intensity. Bye the way, I have read some of your other posts on walking and losing weight and they are on point. Keep up the good work.

    • Wow! Thanks so much Allison. I really appreciate the kind words and also taking the time to look at additional posts. As for your point about doing too much too soon, I couldn’t agree with you more. Ramping up the intensity too fast when your body isn’t ready for it will only cause you more harm than good. It’s far better to take it one step at a time.

  6. Keith

    I have been exercising to lose weight but it seems that I have hit a plateau. I’m not getting anyway in terms of my weight. Do you have any suggestions? Love to hear them.

    • Hi Keith,
      What you are describing isn’t that usual. Here is the deal. If you’ve been doing hard extreme workouts, which by the way i don’t advise, and you notice a plateau then you need to calm down and reduce the exercise. Do less extreme workout like Yoga instead. Try this and let me know if it makes a difference. I think it will.

  7. Gary

    I find that Aerobic exercises that make your heart beat faster are really good for your health, especially at losing belly fat. Summer time I like swimming, but as the days get colder I am more inclined to skip rope. Great exercise that you can do at the gym or home. Lose the weight and gain the posture!

    • Hey Gary,
      I like rope work myself. I think skipping rope is a great aerobic exercise. I would caution those that are overweight, not saying that you are, to be careful because it’s easy to get injured if your weight impedes your coordination. For those who are overweight I would suggest cycling and jogging as safer alternatives that will get similar results to skipping rope.

  8. Jason

    I know that walking is one of the best exercise to lose weight because it’s low impact and won’t put a lot of pressure on your joints.That said, I could never really figure out how many steps you need to do to lose weight. It’s just been a guess on my part. I walk and quit when I’m tired. Can you help me get more measurable results? How many steps do I need to take to lose weight?

    • Hi Jason. first of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. If you walking and stop when you get tired, that’s fine. You’re still doing your body a lot of good. Now to answer your question:to lose weight, how many steps do I need to make? Here is the break down based on the latest research:
      1 mile – 2000 steps and 100 calories will be burned
      1 pound – 3500 calories
      Losing 1 pound in a week – 500 calories (day)
      Walk 10,000 steps and lose 1 pound of weight!

       If you go with a speed of 4 miles per hour, you will be able to lose 400 calories.

      I hope this helps. Thanks for checking in and keep up the good work of staying healthy.

  9. Frank

    I know it would be beneficial to reduce my sugar consumption and to start incorporating more healthy foods into my diet. I recently acquired a book on Ayurveda and am hoping to learn some helpful information about nutrition from it. By the way, have you heard about Ayurveda?

    • I haven’t done deep research, but like you I am intrigued. I know that one of the principles of Ayurveda is that nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. I have to say I agree with that. For example, on this very website there are posts that examine the power of positive thinking to heal cells in your body by controlling the flow of blood and getting rid of toxins. Feel free to let us know what you find out about Ayurveda. We love to share around here.

  10. Emily

    This is such an inspiring post. What you say makes sense of course because one should lose weight before worrying about correcting posture. The thing is losing weight by myself is tough. I asked a friend of mine to be a weight loss buddy. She needs to lose close to the same amount as me. We are pushing and inspiring each other. It’s working. My advise to anyone who is having a hard time losing weight is to find a weight loss buddy.

  11. Victoria

    I just played an hour and half of singles tennis.  Got my workout in for today.  As usual eating light for breakfast and lunch.    I am really trying to lose weight.  I’m at a plateau now and trying to push past it.  I am on the verge of being normal BMI but it’s a struggle to lose the last few pounds. But this post is motivating me to keep trying. Also, it doesn’t help that my hobby loves junk food and won’t eat chicken unless it’s dumped in oil—yeah I adore and love him, but he makes it hard sometimes to stick to the diet;however, I’m thinking about getting an exercise buddy. I have a girlfriend who wants to lose weight also, and maybe the two of us can help each other. What do you think about the idea of an exercise buddy?

    • Hello Victoria,
      I understand how hard it can be when you are trying to lose weight but your husband likes junk food. It can be very challenging indeed, but you seem to be handling it well by not letting it give up your goal of losing weight. I think the idea of having an exercise buddy is an inspired solution. Go for it!

  12. Douglas

    Here is a tip that worked to slim my big belly. Try drinking water when you are hungry too to see if you really are hungry or if its actually thirst.. Its amazing how one can feel like the other. Oh yeah. Since I lost my big belly my posture is much better.

  13. Patrice

    This is a very informative article. I especially like your point that exercise should be comfortable. So many people get hurt because they don’t know how to pace themselves. It doesn’t make sense. It’s okay to be motivated and take exercise classes but exercise classes of any kind are not a contest to be won, but a tool to use for exactly your goal…to improve your health and wellbeing. Hopefully more people will read this post and get a better understanding of how to exercise safely.

    • Thank you Patrice for the wise words. I think your point that exercise classes of any kind are not a contest to be won, but a tool to achieve your goals is eloquent. Thanks so much for checking in.

  14. Hi Thabo,

    What a wonderful informative article, full of great advice! Thank you.

    I completely agree that much of excessive weight may do a lot more damage to one’s health than bad posture. Obesity, as you said, it’s often a cause for diabetes, and may even kill.

    I also think that swimming is a pleasant activity and may not even feel like exercise, while in fact, it is one of the most beneficial ways to work out. Thank you for pointing this out.

    I also prefer walking in nature for 45 minutes over 10 minutes working out on a treadmill. In general, working out in a gym seems like work and obligation, while one could have fun and achieve so much more than the main goal of weight loss or better posture: fresh air instead of the smell of sweat; natural vitamin D from the sun rather than taking less effective supplements.

    And I am so glad that you stressed out that exercise should not be painful but rather enjoyable.

    Combination of exercise and a healthy low-fat low-calorie diet is the most reliable way to lose weight.

    Thanks again for educating people and helping them maintain a healthy and pain-free lifestyle.

    Warm regards,

    ~ Julia

    • Hello Julia,

      I agree with you that walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It’s low impact which means there’s very little pressure on your joints and spine. Also, getting natural vitamin D from the sun is a great way to keep your bones strong and in the process have good spinal health. This will lead to less back pain. Finally, you make a great point when you say that a combination of exercise and a healthy low-fat low-calorie diet is the most reliable way to lose weight. Thanks for checking in.

  15. I panicked when I read the first part of your article that said we should correct our posture before losing weight. Then I came to the part where you say that we can work on both at the same time. As long as we are not above 25 lbs overweight. Whew!

    I am so happy to know that. I am below 25 lbs overweight. And after reading your post, I will work on both. I understand now how being overweight is not good. Well, I actually knew for some time. But your article really woke me up!

    And you have a hatha yoga video that can help with my goals. Awesome! I am going to bookmark your page to watch the video and practice. At the same time, with the bookmark, I can constantly read your good points as a reminder.

    I love swimming. But the pools in Singapore have too much chlorine and other chemicals. Yuck! hahaha

    Thank you so much!!! 🙂

    • Hello Tim,

      Some people, such as yourself my friend, won’t have a hard time correcting posture while losing weight because they are not above 25 lbs overweight; however, where that is the case it’s very important for them to realize that they are risking injury and increasingly bad health by not addressing the problem of overweight first. I’m glad that you found the video on Hatha yoga useful. Thanks for checking in.

  16. I can relate to being overweight and having back issues. I know I struggled for years with my posture and with all the excess weight still could not overcome the pain. I totally understand now, taking care of the underlying problem will help dramatically. I lost 100 pounds through diet and exercise and now my back pain is almost completely gone and my posture is so much better.

    • Losing a 100 pounds through diet and exercise is an impressive achievement. Congratulations for that. You removed a lot of stress from your spine and hopefully your back pain will remain diminished. Here is wishing you continuing good health.

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