According to a British Cardiologist-team, their study has shown that while physical activity can help fight obesity, it does not promote weight loss. Over the past 30 years, people are becoming extremely overweight and obesity has sky-rocketed. What is to blame? The amount of calories consumed. Most of us have heard this often: “As long as you exercise, you can indulge” – a statement that is highly promoted by celebrities, food and beverage companies and fitness gurus.
Over 60 studies have shown that 100% of energy comes from food and only 10-30% of it is burned by exercise. Physical activity is also said to trigger how much you eat along with how many calories you use and turn into body weight. While exercise plays a huge role to benefiting your overall health, it is what and how much you eat that makes an impact on your waistline.
How Our Bodies Burns Calories
Research tells us that although hunter-gatherers are generally physically active and lean, they burn the same amount of calories as the average American. Scientists say that burning calories do not only include movement but also the energy that is needed to function throughout the day. Calorie burn is also a human trait that has evolved over time and has little to do with lifestyle but with diet.
Exercise is still good for your health
Although research claims that exercise won’t help us lose weight, physical activity does improve your body and mind. It has a wide list of benefits which includes lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and stroke. People who do exercise also have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Although exercise alone doesn’t help you lose weight significantly, it can help with maintaining it when combined with a controlled calorie intake.
Exercise alone won’t help you lose weight
Physical exercise does play a modest role in weight loss as cutting 500 calories a day through diet will result in losing one pound of weight per week. Cutting the number of calories you eat seems to work better than exercise alone, while calorie restriction plus exercise increases the efforts of weight loss. In reality, following a healthy eating plan will result in more significant weight loss than exercising without a proper diet plan.
Exercise will burn a small amount of our daily calories
If a 180-pound man running four days a week, for 60 minutes on each of the days, for 30 days while consuming the same amount of calories, he would lose approximately five pounds. If he decided to increase his calorie intake, then the impact on weight loss would be reduced. This means that it would take an ample amount of will, calorie restriction and time to make a drastic impact through exercise.
Exercise actually makes us hungry
Research shows that people tend to increase calorie intake after exercise due to the calories burned off, which leads to you feeling hungry. It is also said that people often overestimate how much they burn when they work out and this results in greater consumption patterns. Most weight loss supplements have an appetizer suppressant that helps curb hunger and cravings while burning calories through their metabolism.
Evidence also suggests that people begin to use less energy and slow down after their work out and take the elevator or rest more than they should. These compensatory behaviors refer to unconscious adjustments that offset the calories that were previously burned.
Exercise can cause a physiological change that saves energy
Scientists have discovered the concept of “metabolic compensation”, which occurs when the basal metabolic rate slows down during weight loss or physical activity. When you add stress to your body, physiological changes begin to actively fight any effort to lose weight. However, it’s important to note that this effect varies among individuals.
Researchers don’t exactly know why this happens, but what they have published is that metabolic adaptations happen under unknown circumstances.
So what DOES make us lose weight?
According to research from the National Weight Control Registry, a study shows that the habits, behaviors, and traits of adults who have lost 50 pounds and kept it off for a year shared a few things in common:
• Strict calorie intake
• Weekly weigh-ins
• Portion control
• Healthy diet plan
• Regular exercise
According to health experts, the best thing a person can to do lose weight is to limit calories and focus on eating clean and healthy.
As most of us lose sight of that fact that too much food can make us fat, exercise does have many benefits to our health. However, fighting obesity requires us to cut back on the amount of food that we eat. It is clearly evident that exercise is beneficial to our health but probably not so for losing weight. If you plan to start your weight loss journey with both exercise and a strict diet, be sure not to indulge in other areas and consume more food.
Daisy Grace is a Health, beauty and fitness blogger and having 4 years of experience in these industries. She has written several articles for online websites and blogs related to health, beauty, nutrition, relationships and fitness. She is graduated from Oklahoma University. She likes to read and write about latest beauty trend and has been actively involved in Fitness and dieting programs.
*Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Zensorium.
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