Just as dieting does not help your heart desire less food, neither does exercise. Appropriately motivated exercise can be a help for physical training. There is no substitute for exercise when it comes to muscle toning, cardiovascular conditioning, and bone strengthening. It can also help with digestion and with healthy functioning of your organs. “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” I Timothy 4:8
However, exercise does not retrain your overchewing. Exercise could even work against you in terms of weight loss. Our goal is getting you to chew less food. But it is very tempting to continue to overeat and then compensate by walking around the block. Do not misinterpret—we are all for exercise. However, our goal is to focus all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength on eating less food. We are going to be concentrating on the spiritual training. The only exercises we insist on are getting down on your knees to pray and getting the muscle of your will to surrender the extra food you have been eating. That is a whole new exercise of the spiritual heart muscle that is valuable for this life and the life to come. Many may be too large to get on their knees right now. That is okay—just get on your knees in your heart.
Just know that no one who traveled this journey and lost weight permanently had to increase their energy expenditure through exercise. Not everyone can exercise. What about people with disabilities? What about the person who loves to exercise but has been injured? Are these people doomed to gain weight? Not at all. WeighDown has so many testimonies from people in wheel chairs and from those who could not exercise due to physical restrictions.