Ok. (i always say this to calm myself by the way...it's a habit) I read a post a while back by Fat Bridesmaid (here) where she found an article that stated that you need 50 minutes to lose weight. This really outraged me, but I had to think about it a minute to react appropriately. Yes, that's versus innappropriately...like where I call them poopie heads and move on. The article states that to SUSTAIN weight loss this is what people did (at least 50 minutes).
The thing that bugs me is that some people say do any activity, even for a few minutes, and it'll add up. Some people say you need continuous working out for a long time. Some people say that more activity is better, but also that slow and steady is the best for sustaining weight loss. Lose it too quickly and you risk gaining it back quickly as well. And peole wonder why we don't know what to do when we are trying to be good!! Mixed messages are huge...as all of you well know, at least through diets. What do you do when everyone can't agree?
The thing is, this number was an average of what people did that were able to sustain weight loss. It doesn't mean you can't with less "effort", but we all want to be those that keep it off once it's off, right? What does that mean about that group though? This is why I hate short articles on research...because they fail to mention the other factors that played into it. Motivation, determination, etc. is what they may be meauring instead.
But, what's the answer? I keep hearing: do what's good for you, but if I knew what was good for me then I wouldn't be here in the first place!!!! It only solidifies that I need more structured help. Maybe it doesn't matter how long as in minutes, just how long as in months!?