Wanna Lose Weight? Exercise May Not Be The Answer

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Written by: Lindsay Sibson

Wanna Lose Weight? Exercise May Not Be The Answer

You know those people who can eat whatever they want, exercise only a little bit and still have an amazingly toned and fit-looking body?

Yeah? Well… I’m NOT one of them.

And chances are, you aren’t either, otherwise you would be watching Netflix and eating pizza and probably not worrying about weight loss at all.

You and I have both been told that, in order to lose weight, you need to do MORE exercise to burn MORE calories and eat the “right” foods in appropriate portions.

However, research now suggests that this advice may not be what is most helpful in regards to weight loss. In this case, TOO much exercise doesn’t always equal more weight loss.

Here is the reason why:

  • As exercise increases, your body adapts to higher levels of activity.
  • What this means for YOU is that you don’t necessarily burn extra calories and lose weight even IF you are exercising more. 

For example, when overweight people increased their physical activity, they initially experienced significant weight loss. However, after a few months, the rate at which they lost weight declined. The pounds didn’t seem to budge, even when they increased the amount of exercise they were doing.

According to the claims of the researchers in this study, energy expenditure experiences a “big jump” for people who are sedentary to moderate exercisers. However, there is NOT a big change in energy expenditure when the people then engage in more intensive exercises.

The daily energy expenditure of over 300 men and women from five countries was measured over a period of 7 days by Herman Pontzer, coauthor of the study published in Current Biology. The data showed:

  • There was a weak increase in energy expenditure when people first started on an exercise program.
  • There is a “sweet spot” during moderate exercise where people burn around 200 calories more, on average, than they would have been without this level of exercise.
  • Above this level of activity, there was little to no increase in energy expenditure because the body adapts to the extra work. 

Pontzer states:

Exercise is really important for your health. That’s the first thing I mention to anyone asking about the implications of this work for exercise.

“There is tons of evidence that exercise is important for keeping our bodies and minds healthy and this work does nothing to change that message. What our work adds is that we also need to focus on diet, particularly when it comes to managing our weight and preventing or reversing unhealthy weight gain.”

WHAT are YOU to make of all of this?

The researchers from the study say:

  • STOP instantly assuming that MORE exercise means MORE calories burned!
  • The relationship between the two is not that simple.
  • To lose weight, you must also intensely focus on your diet and quality of foods you are eating. 

So… I can agree with the researchers to a certain degree that MORE exercise does not necessarily help with weight loss. HOWEVER, it is up to YOU to decide what is best for you and your body. If you are seeing positive results from increased exercise, then by all means continue doing it, especially if you are happy!

Ultimately, you are the master of your health and you are the one who makes the decisions as to what works best for you. IF you are currently not achieving the results you desire, it may be time to re-evaluate your approach and take a closer look at your diet versus logging extra time on the treadmill.

What diet and exercise philosophy works best for YOU? We would love to hear from you in the comments below!



Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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