There used to be a younger woman at work who was very overweight (I'd estimate somewhere around 350 lbs). She'd also wear clothes probably two sizes too small for herself. Guys in the shop would constantly make fun of her (behind her back), etc. I'd feel kind of bad because I'd laugh at the jokes, and at Lunch you'd see her walking laps around the parking lot.
But then of course for the mid morning break, she'd have a frozen hamburger and two corn dogs from the frozen food vending machine, and would always have a non-diet soda two-liter sitting at her work station, so I stopped feeling bad.
So remember... Walking doesn't do sh*t if you still eat **** like that.
Yeah I never understood those people, I guess good intentions but that won't do sh*t for fat burning.
It think we need to sort out some things here:
To lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. Simple as that. Your daily caloric sum
* needs to be negative to lose weight. Doesn't matter if you eat fried chocolate bars and drink carbonated soda all day long, as long as your caloric sum stays negative.
Now, using the woman mentioned above as an example: Assuming her weight, prior to her exercising, was somewhat in balance (caloric sum is zero, or close to it), she might actually be losing weight, or at least no longer be gaining it, despite her continued intake of large and unhealthy meals. If her weight was in balance, the exercising would create the caloric deficit needed to start the weight loss.
Of course, eating unhealthy can lead to other issues, such as diabetes, gallstones and/or obstipation, but for the purpose of losing weight, the type of food you ingest doesn't matter**, as long as your caloric sum stays negative.
Just thought I'd bring it up since you guys think that eating junk food makes weight loss impossible. It doesn't, but it's not healthy. Also, counting points is silly. Just eat less than you used to. Boom, weight loss achieved.
* Caloric sum = calories in - calories out
** Healthy food usually enables you to reach satiety with less calories taken in, making it easier to reach the caloric deficit needed to lose weight. Edited, Jan 31st 2013 2:28pm by Mazra