Weight loss is all about the food?

fitbitI have been wearing my Fitbit consistently over the past week and one thing has really jumped out at me as I look at my statistics.

If you look at the two screenshots above you can see that no matter if I have an terrible day or a kick-butt day, I saw only 90 calorie difference in the calories burned!

How crazy is that!  I had some idea that food had far more impact than exercise on weight loss but seeing in black and white (or teal and orange) like this is mind boggling.

As I started researching I came across this great article by Dick Talens where he explains this phenomenon.  Here are a couple of tidbits which I found interesting:

Most of the calories we spend in a day we do so without even getting out of bed:wlbed

Here he says spend more time in the kitchen prepping your food and cooking and, whatever you do, make sure you can sustain it.wlquote

I enjoyed these tips because they encourage us to be practical.


Obviously the gym and exercise are supremely important to HEALTH so I enjoyed this:


The Fitbit is definitely getting me up and walking and taking the stairs.  So I think for now I will just ignore the calorie bit, what do you think?



  1. I agree with Amanda! About 9 months ago I had a goal to become comfortable in my own skin. I paid less attention to my diet (although I still tried to eat healthy) and exercised a ton. My weight loss was very very slow with this mindset. The fact is, if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s 80% diet. As soon as I realized this and monitored what I ate extremely closely, I lost pounds by the week (a total of 17 pounds over just a few short months). Of course, exercise is important to maintain a healthy life, but if you’re looking to lose weight, I would focus on your food intake! Just my personal experience. 🙂


    • Congratulations Jme! That’s a pretty inspirational story. I think I need to mentally separate exercise and food because both are needed for health however if I’m not doing well with food I can still EXERCISE! It seems when I stop one I always stop the other and that doesn’t need to be the case. More and more I see how important it is, no matter the food, to get activity every single day for long-term health.

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