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Re: Why excercise may not help you lose weight

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2. Take the stairs rather than the lift or escalator, even when one is available.
At home this isn't even a choice for me, I only have the stairs. Visiting mum-in-law now or going to the grocery, I take the stairs rather than lift or escalator, when stairs are available.

With these small changes I have lost 13kg in the past year. I don't think that's too bad... and the doctor actually says that is GOOD because more rapid changes tend to be short-term only.
Good for you.

The lift/escalator one is a good one. Walking up the stairs rather than taking the lift doesn't feel like exercise for, as you remark, it's just part of everyday life.

I was astounded here, when visiting a hospital here, and going for the stairs, the stair well was packed with doctors, visitors and with patients. No-one was using the lifts.
You would never see that in the U.S. or the U.K.

Indeed, I once stayed at a hotel in California where you could not access the stairs from the ground floor as it only led from the upstairs floors to a below-ground floor emergency exit. No-one used it, or could use it.

There's a different mentality here in Switzerland and most of it makes sense.
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