>>14429>What is it with people thinking exercise is the only way to lose weight?>>14423
here, I watched a TV show about obesity for over 8 years, with all the pro and cons about a shitton of ways to lose weight.
I am not fat myself or anything, but, besides all the help for overweight people, it really gave good advice to have a healthy body, so I watched it and that's why I remember what they used to tell to their people.
The point is that OP has "barely moved" in the past years. Sure, let him lose wight without exercise as his main action, but his body will have to pay some consequences as well. If you were talking about somebody who gained a few extra kilos/lb's, but who isn't overweight, then you're right, exercise shouldn't be really that important, because that person only gained weight but hasn't lost too much muscle and body-movement. However, his body needs some movement, and also gain some muscle which was lost.
I'm not really a doctor so I can't really tell exactly what else a body of an obese person needs/lacks (since they only explained such things after analyzing their patients in the TV show), but the general idea was that exercise was good because it let the person realize how much he was losing weight.
Imagine that you can barely walk for 10 minutes, as OP states, but suddenly, you realize you can walk 15, 20; you can even run a bit. You gain flexibility, and you realize you can tie your own shows. That was, like, a fucking dream for the people in that show. And also, exercise secretes hormones and drugs that make the person feel good, too, so it proved to be a way to distract their mind.
Food is really important though, and skipping meals/eating less has proven in the past years not to be as effective as eat every 3 hours a smaller serving than you used to have of balanced food BUT with supplying that hole with more vegetables, soups, fruits, etc. Also, adding seeds to your salads is very helpful too.
As you said, controlling the calories is also very important, just as being careful to not eat too much sugar and salt. It's true that people do seem to forget that what defines their bodies is exactly what they're eating, and that because of that they tend to get sick.
Since they belittle/deny this part of the whole "treatment", it's no wonder the majority of population is suffering from diabetes, high blood-pressure and similar sickness.
I personally didn't indulge too much about food in my previous post because I really don't cook for myself (though I want to learn), and because I don't know how OP provides his food.