I just would like to share what i know.......
In the past i'd try to control my weight exclusively with exercise and found i'd gotten nowhere fast even though I'd really be going for it with hours of exercise and sometimes even quite punishing ones otherwise known as 'high-intensity'.
So i've researched this topic as much as i could do & i did find out some interesting information in a book by a Dr.Charles Clark. He states that he discourages his patients from very intensive exercise & that it shouldn't be undergone/endured for longer than 40-45 minutes at a time.
This was thought to have a detrimental effect on insulin levels.
I believe this man was a doctor who specialized in heart patients & diabetes.
In a nutshell he just recommended keeping the daily carb content down: He recommeded two carbohydrate servings a day when trying to lose weight. He recommended those carbs to be something like..(an orange & a slice of bread~was his recommendation) & to do a kind of isometric exercise. (They were light ones of some sort anyways)
I'll admit though I've been struggling a bit to get adjusted to this WOE & still am to some extent so i'm right there with ya!
My plan is to make more effort to exercise but to keep it more at the light-moderate end of the scale..with maybe half an hour walking in the AM as a basic and then maybe more (exercise dvds' etc.) depending on my energy levels & what exercise i enjoy.
I'll try to just keep the guidelines from the World health organization for 30 minutes minimum -5 days a week and just try to be consistent with that.
I'm just going to try to be as balanced, moderate and simplistic as possible.
Best of luck anyways...i loved hearing your inspiring story..Your a real trooper! It encouraged me anyways.