Why exercise alone is useless for weight loss?
It might come as a shock to most people but when it comes to losing weight, exercise alone is pretty useless, according to Dr. Eric Ravussin, a prominent exercise researcher and chair of diabetes and metabolism at Lousiana State University as reported on Time Magazine.
This very interesting article on Time Magazine goes on to add that many recent studies have found that exercise isn’t as important in helping people lose weight as you hear so regularly in gym advertisements or on shows like The Biggest Loser — or, for that matter, from magazines like this one.
Exercises for weight loss – do they work?
This is what Bally’s Fitness Says on their website:
You might not expect to hear this from the nation’s leading exercise and fitness company, but here’s the hard truth:
When it comes to losing weight, exercise alone usually doesn’t cut it. Most people need a COMBINED approach that addresses both diet and exercise.
Why Exercise Alone Does Not Help?
According to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, a fellowship trained obesity medicine physician and founder W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America, exercise stimulates appetite, and also builds heavier muscle, two factors that negate any weight lost through burning of calories!
Also, average person needs to walk 18 miles per pound to lose and most people overestimate their calories burn through exercise.
However, in combination with a restrictive diet, exercise does help although not absolutely required for weight loss. Since exercise has other benefits, you should consider 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
New York Times also ran a nice article on why exercise is disappointing for weight loss. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/is-30-minutes-of-daily-exercise-a-sweet-spot-for-weight-loss/
Tips for exercise
You can start by walking briskly, using stairs instead of elevators, going to a park or a mall and walk, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Going to a Gym, and doing situps, stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level. The key for success is to find the right exercise for you. If you enjoy doing it, chances are you would stay with it.
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