Friday, November 6, 2009

Exercise Doesn't Lead To Weight Loss

In the article "Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?", which is a summary of a report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine titled "Beneficial Effects Of Exercise: Shifting The Focus From Body Weight To Other Markers Of Health", it is shown that exercise has many health benefits, but does not usually lead to weight loss.

The main reason is that most people do not change their eating habits. The formula is simple. If you eat more calories than you use for energy, you will gain weight. If you eat as many calories as you use for energy, your weight will remain the same. To lose weight, you have to take in less calories than you use for energy.

30-minutes of running only uses about 300 calories (Calorie Chart). This can easily be replaced with one Gatorade.

However, exercise can burn away fat, but must be in combination of a proper diet. Believe it or not, a low intensity exercise will burn a higher percentage of fat calories than a high intensity exercise. According to the report, heart rates between 105 and 134 beats per minute represents the fat-burning zone. Some of the Benefits To Exercise are:

  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Decrease in your resting heart rate
  • Decrease in the "bad" cholesterol and an increase in the "good" cholesterol
  • Increase in your body's ability to deliver nutrients to your tissues
  • An increase in your body's ability to remove toxic waste from your tissues
  • And an increase in longevity and overall health


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