Exercise isn’t the best way to lose weight
We have this idea that if we want to lose weight we join a gym on January 1stwe start working out regularly and eventually

 we slim down well here's some bad news I read more than 60 studies on this and it turns out exercise is actually pretty useless when it comes to weight loss dr. Kevin Hall at theNational Institutes of Health has done some of the most important studies on exercise in weight loss we need to rebrand exercise isn't a weight-loss tool per se it's excellent for.

The thing that you can do other than stop smoking to improve your health but don't look at it as a weight-loss tool exercise will definitely help you live a longer happier life it's just not the best way to lose weight and the reason it has to do with how our bodies use the energy you may not realize it the physical activity is actually a tiny component of your daily energy burn there are three main ways our bodies burn calories these include your resting metabolism so that's how much energy.

Functioning just to keep you alive basically the other part of energy expenditure is a thermic effect of food and that's just how much energy is required to break food down in your body the third part of energy expenditure is physical activity for most people physical activity that's any movement you do only accounts for about 10 to 30percent of energy use so the vast majority of energy or calories you burn every day comes from your basal or resting metabolism over which you have.

Calories in are up to you only about 30%of your calories out or in your control study found that if a 200-pound man ran for an hour four days a week for a month he loses about 5 pounds at most assuming everything else stays the same and everything else doesn't stay the same researchers found we make all kinds of behavioral and physiological adaptations when we start increasing the amount of exercise we're getting every day for one thing exercise tends to make people hungry and I'm sure you know the.

In the morning and then by the time you eat breakfast you're so hungry you maybe double the size of the portion of oatmeal you'd normally eat there's also evidence to suggest that some people simply slow after a workout so if you went running in the morning you might be less inclined to take the stairs at work these are called compensatory behaviors they're basically the various ways we unknowingly undermine our workout researchers have also discovered a phenomenon called metabolic compensation.

Metabolism can slow down so the amount of energy you burn while at rest is lower that means that this bar might shrink as you start to lose weight there's still a lot of research to be done but one study from 2012 is particularly interesting they went out into the middle of the savanna in Tanzania to measure the energy burn among a group of hunter-gatherers called the Hadza these are super active lean hunter-gatherers they're not spending their days behind a computer at a desk.

What we found is there was no difference at all so even though the Hadza have amuch more physically active lifestyle they weren't burning any more calories every day than adults in the US and Europe somehow the energy they used for physical activity was being offset or conserved elsewhere so how do they stay slim they don't overeat we can undo the calories that we burn off an exercise pretty quickly it would take about an hour of running to burn off a Big Mac and Fries you'd have to spend about an.

Off three glasses of wine, you might drink with dinner an hour of cycling really intensely on exercise bikes to burn off about two donuts and that's why exercise is best seen as a healthy supplement for a strategy that's focused on food but despite extremely high obesity rates in the US government agencies continue to present exercise as a solution as do companies with the real interest in making sure we keep eating and drinking their products since the1920s companies like Coca Cola have been.

Message the idea here is that you can drink all these extra bottles of soda as long as you work out but as we're seeing it doesn't work like that actually burning off those extra calories from Hanan soda is really really hard we have an obesity problem in this country mission tree low physical activity and eating too many calories is equally responsible for it public health policymakers should really prioritize improving our food environment to help people make healthier choices about what.

Weight through exercise it's just a lot harder and we need to recognize how that works if you do go to the gym you burn all these calories take you a long time to do so and you put in a great amount of effort you can erase all of that in 5minutes of eating up a slice of pizza it's relative magnitude is actually quite surprising and most people don't fully appreciate that

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