There is no question that exercise has a beneficial impact on health, but is exercise over emphasized in weight loss plans? Science from the field of anthropology is changing how we think about how the body burns energy. Research may have uncovered a limit to the amount of energy the body can burn through physical activity daily. Additional exercise therefore will not make up for too many additional calories. Research also suggests exercise may alter behaviors in ways that complicate weight loss. Before you consider how much to exercise or how many calories to cut consider the science.
- Many people mistakenly think as long as they exercise they can also indulge in unhealthy food.
- A recent study shows we don’t really need to exercise more to lose weight.
- While exercise is healthy, it does nothing in terms of weight loss. A healthy diet and portion control is key.
“In general, diet with exercise can work better than calorie cutting alone, but with only marginal additional weight-loss benefits.”