Which is more important for weight loss–diet or exercise

Originally, I planned to do an analytical article on the subject of which is better for weight loss: diet or exercise. I planned to take the arguments for and against and analyze and come to a conclusion. I honestly, find it easier to exercise than to eat a very healthy diet or a low-carb diet. So, I was secretly hoping to find that exercise was actually the best way. But, sadly, I found the opposite. Actually, there seems to be very little suggestion that exercise is most important for weight loss. I did seem to find some personal trainers indicate that exercise was more important.

I’m now convinced that diet is the most important for weight loss. However, I do want to emphasize and stress that almost all the articles also said that it is a combination of both. Several articles said that its a ratio of 75% diet and 25% exercise or a ratio of 80/20. In any event, some of the articles stressed that once you lose weight, exercise is a necessity to keep the weight off. Additionally, exercise has many other health benefits, even though, it is not the best bang for your buck when it comes to weight loss.

Weight loss is possible with exercise only

It is important to note that while diet plays a bigger part in your weight loss, several articles stressed that you can also lose weight just focusing on exercise, in other words, it’s possible to lose weight by eating the same and exercising more, its just that the amount of exercise needed to lose weight is too difficult to sustain.

One reason why the diet is more effective than exercise at weight loss is because it is easier to cut out the calories or not eat the calories than it is to burn the calories off. According to one article, in order to lose weight with exercise, you would need to workout five to seven workouts a week, 50 minutes each at a moderate intensity. It’s easier not to eat 500 calories than it is to burn off 500 calories.

One article also mentioned that on average people that dieted without exercising for 15 weeks, lost 23 pounds whereas the people that exercised without changing their diet, only lost 6 lbs over 21 weeks. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/exercise-vs-diet-for-weight-loss_n_5207271.html

Conclusion: changing your diet will result in faster weight loss results. However, it’s easier to achieve those results when combining dietary changes and exercise. Exercising provided important health benefits as well as helping with slowing metabolisms and pushing through weight loss plateaus.

So, because this article took such an unexpected turn, I plan to make this part of a series: the next article in the series will be about how you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to lose weight, for example people have lost weight on crazy diets or experiments, for instance eating only pizza for several days participating in what has been termed “the twinkie diet”.

Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure

We held our weekly business meeting at The Boathouse this week. We have a weekly meeting to discuss the strategy of our business ventures, and figure out our agenda for the upcoming week.

So, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone and write a review of The Boathouse also. As I stated before, I think reviews are very important and I always look at reviews prior to making any purchase or decision on where to stay, etc.

The Boathouse offers a very nice ambiance. The Boathouse appears to be a great place for fancy receptions and special occasions. In fact, as we arrived we saw what appeared to be a wedding party. There appears to be several separate rooms available for private parties. On our way out of the restaurant, we saw into one of the rooms from afar, it was very pretty with purple chairs and a beautiful chandelier, very fancy.

The Boathouse offers some great views. They have seating inside and outside with a view of the Scioto River—the view of the river was not so great as the river is low. I’ve been there twice and the river was low both times. However, it does offer a beautiful view of Columbus’ downtown skyline.

 

The food is decent. I had a caesar salad with chicken, it was good. Chris had parmesan crusted chicken and rice pilaf. He enjoyed it. Brandon had a hamburger, it said it was decent. Rachel had crab cakes, she was not overly impressed, but it was ok. They brought out homemade chips and a dip at first, they were very good. They also brought out a pan of parmesan rolls later.

The prices are a little expensive. The menu was fancy. Like I said, they offered hamburger on the menu, but the parmesan crusted chicken was the closet thing to plain, simple and ordinary that Chris could find on the menu.

Overall, it was a very nice experience. The staff was friendly, the view was great, the atmosphere peaceful, fairly quiet and relaxing. I do think it is a great place for dinner parties or special events.

Family Fun–New York City

Fun things we did in New York City

Visited the Empire State Building. This is the 2nd time I’ve been to the Empire State Building. I actually timed it out much better this time. The first time I went with my mother and we just went whenever, not paying attention to the time and the lines to actually get up the the observation deck were horrendous. It took a very long time. So, this time I planned it out much better. We went in the late morning and the lines were much faster. The Empire State Building offers fantastic views of New York City’s skyline and much more. You have so many wonderful views in panoramic type. You can walk around the observation deck and get a totally different view of the city. Seeing the Empire State Building lit up at night is amazing. We visited during the day and saw great views. We also visited the Top of the Rock at night and saw even more amazing views of the City.

We also visited Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum. This was the first time that I’ve been to the wax museum. It was a fun experience. I’m not exactly sure what I expected. It was fun posing for pictures with the wax people. Some of the figurines were a very striking look alike. Some were not. Here are some pictures of our time at Madam Tussaud’s.

 

We also participated in a Night on the Town Tour. It was amazing and awesome. Tours are a fantastic way to go about the city and you learn so much that you wouldn’t otherwise learn. The tour guides are always so knowledgeable. It was an amazing tour. It started off in a bus and we visited so many areas, we went to Highline Park, which is in the Meat Packing District. While there, we walked around the park and learned the history of the park. I was never one for history in school, but learning and seeing the history come to life before your eyes is fascinating. The Tour took us to the Rockefeller Center, Hell’s Kitchen, we went on a boat ride to the Statute of Liberty—this was amazing also, I’ve never visited the Statute of Liberty before. And, the tour ended at the Top of the Rock Observatory. It was night time, so you got to see the view of NYC at time– it was amazing seeing the city from that view. It was funny that morning we got to see the view from the Empire State Building and at night we got to see the city come to life, including seeing how beautiful the Empire State Building is at night.

The Knickerbocker Hotel

I definitely recommend the Knickerbocker Hotel. It is right in the center of Times Square, very convenient. The hotel is very luxurious and very clean. The rooms are very spacious, which I was surprised for Manhattan. Manhattan is expensive, I’ve stayed in much smaller hotels for similar price. The rooms were modern, clean and had an upscale feel and vibe. My only gripe is that the halls were not light enough and there was no coffee available in the rooms. I need my coffee. I had to walk to McDonald’s to get a good cup of coffee. Anyway, I would definitely stay again.

Here are some more great views of New York City at night and the Statue of Liberty.

 

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Texas De Brazil

We went to Texas De Brazil at Easton Town Center on July 19, 2017. We went on a Wednesday, which is unusual, we never go out to eat on Wednesday. I have been trying to have something to look forward to on Wednesdays. Wednesdays are my least favorite work day. So, one of my favorite things to do is to enjoy a relaxing and fantastically wonderful meal with my family, so we decided to try Texas De Brazil. Brazilian steakhouses are pretty expensive. Our first experience with a brazilian steakhouse was a few years ago in Cincinnati Ohio. I don’t remember the name of the steakhouse, but we were not impressed. We didn’t like the food and it was overly expensive. It was the first time we had experienced that type of serving environment.

So we were a little leery about trying Texas De Brazil, but I had heard rave reviews from several friends. The experience at a brazilian steakhouse is different than the typical steakhouse. You typically have a buffet and the staff will come around to each table with a variety of meats. Each waiter has one type of meat and they go from table to table serving meat. At Texas De Brazil, they had bacon-wrapped filet mignon, bacon-wrapped chicken, steak, chicken, lamb, brazilian sausage, etc. They also brought fried bananas and garlic mashed potatoes, and bread to your table. The salad bar had different meats, bacon and salami, a variety of cheeses, croutons, different lettuces, etc. I tried about 3 different cheeses that I had never had before and I enjoyed all three. There were a lot of choices available on the salad bar. I enjoyed the salad bar.

My husband, son and future daughter-in-law had meat. They were all very pleased with the meat selection and taste. I had a piece of my husband’s sausage, it was very good.

Brazilian steakhouses are pretty expensive. My son, my mother and myself only had the salad bar, so surprisingly, the wait staff took notice of that and only charged us for the salad bar and did not charge for meat. I was pleasantly surprised by this fact. Additionally, it was Restaurant Week, so the meat eaters received a $10 discount on each of their meal prices. So, while it was expensive, Restaurant Week lessened the blow and the food was good, the restaurant atmosphere was beautiful, inviting and sociable. The service was fantastic. The overall experience was great, it was a great time with family and I would go again. This was totally opposite from my experience in Cincinnati. Texas De Brazil was a wonderful experience.