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Is it a given that I will get fitter if I lose weight?

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    So if I was to use just dieting and I lost a couple of stone, is it a given that I will be fitter because I weigh less? Or does it not really work like that?

    I used to be three stone lighter than I am now, but I don't necessarily remember being fitter when I was that weight.

    Reason I'm asking is because I want to lose weight AND get fitter. It's all well being a size 10 but I'd like to be fitter as well. I hate exercise, I'd rather just diet, but not if my stamina will still be dire at the end. I'm exercising at the moment, have been for a couple of months now but it makes me feel like crap, especially when I don't feel any fitter or thinner. I heard it's supposed to release endorphins? Does the opposite to me I think...
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    Nope. If you lose weight via a combination of healthy diet and exercise then you will be fitter. If you lose weight simply by eating less but making no physical change whatsoever, then no.
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    Depends on what kind of training you're doing. Also remember that muscle is more dense than fat... you can get 'fitter' and still gain weight. You'd be better off at looking at body fat % IMO.
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    Doesn't work like that.
    You need to do some sort of exercise that increases your heart rate in order to get fitter, or increase stamina.
    Simply dieting will not make you fitter, it is also much harder to lose weight via dieting.
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    Not at all, when I was losing weight I did it initially just from diet control, and when I finally started exercising I was shocked that my fitness was so poor. I assumed I'd be a lot fitter just from having lost the weight but it turned out not to be the case. Now I'm exercising, I'm noticing my fitness levels are increasing so I'm happy about that.
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    Fitter, not really.

    Healthier, maybe.
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    Ok, thanks for the replies then. I'm doing C25K at the moment, hate it. I guess I'll stick with it then, as well as doing my dieting. Never thought I'd say it, but dieting is more enjoyable than exercising!
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Ok, thanks for the replies then. I'm doing C25K at the moment, hate it. I guess I'll stick with it then, as well as doing my dieting. Never thought I'd say it, but dieting is more enjoyable than exercising!
    for now. the begining is the hardest part. if you stick to it you'll grow to love it.
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    You will be healthier. You will lose visceral fat around your organs.
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    haha well if you're not doing any exercise then no, you won't get any fitter.

    thin ≠ fit or healthy.

    but also heavy ≠ unfit or unhealthy. you could be very heavy (and even fairly fat) but still be fit.
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    (Original post by canŵio)
    haha well if you're not doing any exercise then no, you won't get any fitter.

    thin ≠ fit or healthy.

    but also heavy ≠ unfit or unhealthy. you could be very heavy (and even fairly fat) but still be fit.
    Yep, this is true. A guy I know is really fat, and I mean exceptionally fat, yet he plays a lot of sport and seems to excel at it.
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    (Original post by xoxAngel_Kxox)
    Yep, this is true. A guy I know is really fat, and I mean exceptionally fat, yet he plays a lot of sport and seems to excel at it.
    Sumo wrestling?
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    (Original post by Scoobiedoobiedo)
    Sumo wrestling?
    Very funny.
    Cricket mostly, and he's quite good at badminton as well.
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    if you're a batsman, never bowl (or at best bowl part-time offbreaks) and field in the slips, you can get away with being a fatty.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Ok, thanks for the replies then. I'm doing C25K at the moment, hate it. I guess I'll stick with it then, as well as doing my dieting. Never thought I'd say it, but dieting is more enjoyable than exercising!
    Why not find a sport or activity that you enjoy?

    Dancing, martial arts, football, badminton, volleyball, hiking etc. etc.

    Maybe if you stick with C25K you will start to enjoy it more as you get fitter but I wouldn't force yourself to do it for the sake of it.
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    Forcing yourself to do exercise that you don't enjoy isn't really the best way to increase your fitness because you aren't likely to keep it up and you'll eventually resent the sport or whatever you've chosen as your exercise.

    Also quality is much more important than quantity when it comes to exercise. Doing sets of short sprints with rests in between 2-3 times a week along with some resistance training is much better for your body than long hours of cardio (on the extreme end look at Paula Radcliffe - ruined her body by 38 from all those marathons). In terms of minutes put in, sprinting also increases fitness much quicker than jogging, for instance.

    By all means play some tennis or do some swimming alongside it or something, but making yourself do things you don't want to isn't going to bring success in the long run.
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    (Original post by xoxAngel_Kxox)
    Yep, this is true. A guy I know is really fat, and I mean exceptionally fat, yet he plays a lot of sport and seems to excel at it.
    I've seen thin guys that could barely run 200m Stick at it OP, I'm sure you'll start feeling good about yourself and new body soon.
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    YES
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    (Original post by sil3nt_cha0s)
    if you're a batsman, never bowl (or at best bowl part-time offbreaks) and field in the slips, you can get away with being a fatty.
    Dwayne Leverock! Full time bowler
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    If you're losing weight by eating a healthy diet then yes, you're gett fitter as your body will produce more power from the same amount of oxygen

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