Exercise For Weight Loss

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You may be surprised to hear that exercise is NOT a weight loss solution.  Many start exercise with the goal of losing weight.  When they don’t achieve the weight loss, they quit exercise.  Please don’t do this.  The only way to effectively lose weight is to manage your diet.  Exercise can only complement a healthy diet.  Exercise can never “save” a person from a poor diet.  So focus on using your diet for weight loss and add exercise for other health benefits.

Benefits of Exercise

What health benefits can you expect from exercise?  Dr. Mark Hyman outlines these important benefits:

  • “It makes your cells and muscles more sensitive to insulin so that you don’t need as much. Less insulin = less belly fat.
  • It reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol and you become insulin resistant and store belly fat. Too much cortisol also makes you crave sugar and carbs and seek comfort food.
  • If you do interval training (going fast, then slow), you can speed up your metabolism and burn more calories all day long, even while you sleep.
  • Strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns seven times as many calories as fat.
  • Exercise improves memory, learning and concentration.
  • Vigorous exercise is a better anti-depressant than Prozac.
  • Exercise protects your heart and reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Exercise reduces inflammation (the cause of almost every disease of aging).
  • Exercise boosts detoxification of environmental chemicals.
  • Exercise balances hormones and reduces breast and other common cancers.
  • Exercise improves sexual function.”

What has been my experience with exercise and weight loss?  I lost 80 pounds with no exercise whatsoever.  Does this mean that I don’t believe in exercise?  Not at all.  Exercise is an integral part of health management.  But when I weighed 250+ pounds, I was exhausted.  Exercise was the farthest thing from my mind.  It wasn’t until I changed my lifestyle and lost weight that I then had the energy and strength to increase my activity.  Exercise is now incorporated into my regular routine.  So remember, when it comes to exercise, do it for your health, not for the weight. If it aids with weight loss, great. But don’t count on exercise to save you from dietary indiscretions.

Dr. Aseem Malhotra “Focus on Food, Not Exercise, For Weight Loss”  HERE

Zoe Harcombe “Sedentary behavior did not cause the obesity epidemic”  HERE

More Resources

Intensive Dietary Management – Exercise Series

“The myth about exercise – Part 1”  HERE

“Why exercise is not effective for weight loss – Part 2”  HERE

“Exercise in futility – Part 3”  HERE

“Eat less, move more – Part 4”  HERE