Why Doesn't The Full Plate Diet Emphasize Exercise?

Why doesn’t The Full Plate Diet put more emphasis on exercise? The answer is simple: It’s just not a great weight loss tool UNLESS you combine it with changes to the way you eat. Don’t get me wrong; physical activity is critical to overall good health. But when it comes to dropping pounds it simply is not enough.


For example, if I ate 2 Little Debbie Brownies, something I used to do quite regularly, I would consume 540 calories. To burn those calories I would either have to walk for 2 hours or run at 5 mph for 1 hour. That’s just to burn the calories from those 2 Brownies!

Need more evidence? From 1992 to 2007 over 34,000 women were studied to determine the effects of physical activities on long-term weight changes. None of these women made changes in the way they ate. They found that the only group where physical activity helped women not gain weight were “normal-weight women who engaged in 60-minutes of physical activity everyday”. For overweight women physical activity did not prevent weight gain.


So here’s the bottom line: You can lose weight by eating more natural fiber-rich foods. Your chances of losing weight through exercise alone? Not likely!




Lonnie Carbaugh

Lonnie Carbaugh, LPC, NCC,  is a Behavioral Health Counselor at Full Plate Living who has shed and kept off 25 pounds since working for Full Plate Living. He is as dedicated about walking 5 miles a day as he is about his favorite sport, baseball.

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