Reuters published an article titled Curbing Calories Works in the Long Run. What I really wish could be found is a way to curb appetite.
It seems like everyday another study shows that as important as exercise is to overall health, it really has little effect on weight loss. This is something I have believed for years. When I eat less, I lose weight, regardless of level of exercise. When I have been getting a very large amount of exercise, I do not lose weight. To lose weight, you need to cut calories, simple as that. I also tend to get a fair amount of exercise, but that is because of my interests and hobbies, not because it makes it easier to maintain an ideal weight. Exercise makes me feel better, and makes me stronger and more agile. My diet makes me less fat.
I don’t have a big problem with my weight because I am watchful over my diet, trying to control portions and eating healthy food. But, like everyone else, I wish I was not hungry as often as I am because that would make it a lot less difficult to resist the temptations.
As focused as society is on how much a person weighs, I think it is much more important, (up to a certain point), how a person feels about their weight. Being several pounds over what is considered ideal weight is less important than what you are eating. Someone who is at their ideal weight but has a diet high in sugar, fat, highly refined carbohydrates, and animal protein, and low in vegetables and whole grains, is more at risk for health problems than someone 20 pounds overweight, but who eats a healthy diet.
Focus first on what you eat, then move on to how much you eat. Exercise can then come in many forms and does not have to involve the gym, team sports, or long hikes. I read a while ago that the healthiest elderly folks often were life-long gardeners. My garden requires regular maintenance and provides lots of organic vegetables, often picked a few minutes before eating them.