Ask just about any health expert and they'll tell you the same thing — you have to burn more calories than you eat if you want to lose weight. This makes it sound like you have to exercise in order to lose weight. But is exercise required to lose weight?
A new study out of Loyola University Chicago suggests this just isn't true. In fact, according to their results, exercise isn't even a major key to losing weight. And it may actually cause some people to gain weight.
The researchers in this study looked at young adults from the U.S. and four other countries. They didn't find any association between weight loss and physical activity nor sedentary time.
This isn't to say that physical activity doesn't have its merits. There are many proven health benefits to keeping active. But according to this study, losing weight isn't necessarily one of them.
In previous studies, researchers found that most people overstate the amount of physical activity they do. So this study had the participants wear tracking devices (accelerometers) on their waists for a week. The devices measured the participants' energy expenditure and step count. They also measured the participants' weight, height and body fat. Then the researchers asked them to return one year and two years later.
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The study then looked at how many of the participants met the U.S. Surgeon General's physical activity guidelines. These guidelines recommend doing at least two-and-a-half hours of moderately intense aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking) per week.
At the end of the study, the researchers were stunned. Those who met the physical activity guidelines had gained far more weight than those who did not meet the guidelines.
If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, depression, and diabetes, then by all means, get some exercise. But if you want to lose weight, don't depend entirely on exercise. Focus on your metabolism. If your metabolism is working correctly, your body will burn calories much faster — even if you live a sedentary lifestyle — than it will if your metabolism isn't functioning properly. And your metabolism's function is a product of the foods you eat. If you eat healthful foods — full of nutrients — your metabolism will function better and burn more calories whether you exercise or not.
However, if you eat junk food, your metabolism won't function as well and won't burn calories. At the beginning of the year, I showed you a diet plan that used homeopathic drops to help control your appetite. This diet requires zero exercise to lose weight. This diet works! You can find the full story here https://www.nutrientinsider.com/News/569/Fulfill-Your-New-Years-Resolution-to-Lose-Weight-.htm. The secret to this diet is the drops, the quality foods you eat, and the customized plan specifically designed for your body. You won't go hungry. And the pounds will melt off.
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Steve Kroening, ND