A Simple Mistake Meant I Failed to Lose Weight for Years

I see so many people doing this

David Majister
In Fitness And In Health

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You can lose a lot more weight when you get informed about calorie burn.

Now that I understand an appropriate diet for my height and level of exercise, it’s been much easier to lose weight and keep it off.

I’ve been overweight for much of my adult life, and it’s something I’ve long wanted to change. I tried and failed many times to address it, because I misunderstood the value of exercise.

I Kept Failing at Losing Weight Because I Thought Exercise is Magical

I first dieted in my early 20’s, before the advent of fitness watches, smartphones or calorie-tracking apps. Back then, I used to be surprised when I’d build an exercise habit, and not lose any weight. I’d go running for ten minutes, a few times each week, and I’d lift some dumb-bells for a handful of reps in my bedroom. Then I’d check the scales, and feel shocked at the lack of change in my weight.

I didn’t know that:

  • A 10-minute run burns around 100 calories
  • A banana is around 100 calories
  • To lose weight at 0.5kg (1 lb) per week, you need a calorie deficit of around 500 calories per day.

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David Majister
In Fitness And In Health

10x top writer. World traveler (26 countries). Runner (1k+ miles). Meditator (9.5k minutes). Introvert. Wild swimmer. Story maker.