Pumpkin Chai Oats & DYKT #4

February 23, 2010 at 6:01 am 15 comments

Guess what I finally found in the state of North Carolina?



Pumpkin is my all time favorite oatmeal add in. This morning I celebrated the return of this wonderful squash with Pumpkin Chai Oats.

chai tea

My oat combo, plus cottage cheese, pumpkin, pecans, and Chai tea concentrate. And some extra nutmeg and cinnamon for good measure 😉

pumpkin topping

How ‘bout a little oats with those toppings?! Guess I got a little over excited about that pumpkin.

pumpkin chai oats

Along with some coffee with So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer.


I was a little disappointed it didn’t make my coffee taste like coconut. In case you haven’t picked up on it, I’m a little obsessed with coconut at the moment. I guess it’s not really supposed to taste like coconut though…

And now it’s time for……

DYKT #4!

Did you know….

Exercise doesn’t automatically equal weight loss.

Time magazine cover exercise

Maybe that horrible Time magazine article had it right. Like many others, I was outraged when the cover of Time said exercise didn’t play a role in weight loss. My inbox was flooded with questions and statements from friends and family. Time is a reputable magazine, surely they wouldn’t splay this ludicrous information all over for the world to see. I decided to give it the article a chance, and after I got over my moment of anger, I actually read the article (what a concept, huh?). I was very happy to see they do support exercise as a means of weight management– that is, it helps keep weight off after it’s been lost. Yes yes yes! It also made me look into the whole concept of how much exercise actually helps you decrease your weight. …And I hated to admit it, but they were kind of on to something.

Aerobic exercise, i.e. cardio, doesn’t contribute to weight loss as much as you’d think. Think about our 24 hours in a day concept from the NFL players. You went to the gym and chugged along on the elliptical for an hour. Hooray! You burned extra calories! But then what? Do you go home and watch tv? Take a nap? Cook a huge meal? Sometimes exercise makes you tired, so you’re less active during the rest of the day. Sometimes it makes you hungry, so you eat more. And sometimes you know you’ve exercised, so you say it’s ok to have the extra slice of pizza. There are SO many factors involved, it’s tough to isolate just one, and I think each individual is a little different. So no, exercise doesn’t absolutely equal weight loss. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise!!! It’s good for your heart, your lungs, your mind!

The take away: realize exercise in itself won’t always equal weight loss. Keep those other factors in mind, and be aware of ALL of your behaviors, not just an isolated one such as exercise. (I still don’t believe it means exercise can’t be pivotal in weight loss; it sure can!)

But what about strength training & weight loss? Check back next week for that one 🙂

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kelly  |  February 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Mmm that looks good. I recently discovered that I do not in fact hate Pumpkin like I normally thought. Pretty sure it’s just pumpkin pie I dislike.

  • 2. Sophie  |  February 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

    So interesting! I’m glad someone posted about this article. It shows that the way to lose/maintain weight is to have a BALANCE (exercise, healthy eating, etc) instead of relying on just one thing. Great recap!

  • 3. Madeline - Greens and Jeans  |  February 23, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I accidentally bought a can of pumpkin pie filling because I was so excited to see pumpkin on the shelves!

  • 4. Christie  |  February 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Haha! I love pumpkin, Tazo chai tea and So Delicious coconut milk creamer! (The chai and the creamer are amazing together!) I think it tastes kind of coconutty, and it’s very rich and creamy, which makes my mouth happy! Now I’m off to get some much-needed exercise! All this looking at food and yumminess has made me gain a pound or two.

  • 5. theprocessofhealing  |  February 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Pumpkin oats..yummy!!!
    That is interesting and so true. It’s all about the big picture.

  • 6. Kelly  |  February 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Great article review…i agree with you!

  • 7. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life  |  February 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I loved this post!

  • 8. Laura Georgina  |  February 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve never thought of putting coconut cream in my coffee… Too bad it didn’t taste like coconut, though–maybe a touch of coconut extract would have helped?

    • 9. Heather  |  February 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm

      Ooo coconut extract…that sounds gooood!

  • 10. meyergirl  |  February 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I am highly intrigued by the Chai oats. I have some of the liquid Chai in the fridge, I think I have breakfast for tomorrow.

  • 11. Anna  |  February 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    When I was training for my half marathon, I GAINED weight, even though I was getting more exercise than ever in my life. A big part of it was that all that exercise made me REALLY hungry, so I ate more than I needed to compensate for my hunger. I kind of felt like I had “earned” more food…but I definitely was taking in more than I was burning, even with all my training!

    Moderation is definitely the key to me, for both exercise AND eating.

  • 12. marathonmaiden  |  February 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    great article. too many people think exercise + keeping their other bad habits will make them healthy. sooo not true

  • 13. Lacey  |  February 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    yep i totally agree with TIME. I think diet has much more to do with weight loss and maintenance. exercise is a tool to use, but a lot of people use exercise as an excuse to eat more. or dont think they still need to eat healthy or in moderation. b/c most of us aren’t at the athletic level that is burning tons of calories. i’d say mainstream america exercises moderately at best, so they should be aware that they can’;t overcompensate with calories. just balance. everything in moderation, right?

  • 14. Ahhhhhhh!! « Lovin' Losing  |  February 24, 2010 at 9:21 am

    […] I kept on driving, though, and decided to try something I’d read on Heather’s blog, Side of Sneakers…Chai […]

  • 15. Lindsayruns  |  February 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I love your DYKT’s! So informative, keep it up! 🙂

    oooh I’ll have to keep my eye out for pumpkin, thanks for the heads up!


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