Why You Can’t Successfully Fight Obesity With Only Exercise
By Peter Maldonado, May 02 2016
Have you ever wondered if you could lose more weight by exercising more, but without having to change your eating habits? A growing body of research reports that exercise can only help burn more calories only up to a point. For example, if you have a sedentary lifestyle and then start walking every day, you will increase the number of calories burned. If you change from a walking program to a jogging program, chances are you’ll also burn more calories. But as you continue to increase your activity level, you will reach a point of diminishing weight-loss benefits.
A 2015 research study of hundreds of adults came to the same conclusion. Researchers observed that at lower activity levels, participants expended more energy, burned more calories, and lost weight. Unfortunately, at a certain point in higher activity levels, the energy expended and the amount of calories burned actually plateaued and so did weight loss. The study concluded that you simply can’t exercise excess weight away—whether you’re overweight or obese.
Perfect Partners: Diet and Exercise
Diet and exercise are perfect partners for successful weight loss and improved health. A regular exercise program of cardio and weight training gives you increased strength, endurance, and muscle tone, while a healthy, balanced eating plan helps you lose weight at a safe and steady pace.
Do You Have to Count Calories to Lose Weight?
It depends on the kind of weight-loss regimen you choose. If you don’t mind counting calories, you can begin by keeping a food journal of your calorie intake for one week. Then cut your calorie intake by 500 calories/day. That reduction will lead to weight loss.
If you don’t want to bother with counting calories, the Paleo Diet — one of today’s most popular weight-loss programs—will be easier to handle. The Paleo Diet invites you to “eat like our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate,” a diet comprised of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, and nuts.
Loren Cordain, PhD, professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University, and author of The Paleo Diet, explains that this type of eating lessens the body's glycemic load by eliminating foods that cause dangerous spikes in blood sugar levels, such as simple sugars and highly processed grains. He is the world’s leading authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease. Also known as the caveman diet, his weight-loss plan has a healthy ratio of saturated-to-unsaturated fatty acids, increases vitamin and nutrient consumption, and contains an optimal balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
For ultimate health benefits, Dr. Cordain advises paleo dieters to choose grass-fed and organic varieties of foods to limit exposure to pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals prevalent in our modern food supply.
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