Whenever we think of weight loss –we either immediately take a gym membership or start watching youtube yoga videos. We often do it when we have either a family function in the next few months or a planned vacation. The craze no doubt gives us a boost and we diligently follow the gym regime for a few days and then comes the devil “Saturday” when we either cheat on our gym routine or our diet. The next Monday perhaps is the most difficult to hit the gym and then the thought of starting the next day remains nothing beyond a plan.
We essentially think that Exercise is the key to weight-loss. But in truth, the evidence has been accumulating for years now that exercise alone isn’t actually all that important for weight loss. The reasons are pretty clear and evidential
When you exercise you burn a very small portion of the daily calorie burn
One of the much-underappreciated fact about exercise is that even when you work out, the extra calories you burn only account for a small part of your total energy expenditure.
We all must understand that we have very little control over our basal metabolic rate. “It’s generally accepted that for most people, the basal metabolic rate accounts for 60 to 80 percent of total energy expenditure. Which consists of only 10 to 30 percent for physical activity, of which exercise is only a subset.
What is clarified here is that while our food intake accounts for 100 percent of the energy that goes into our body, exercise only burns off less than 10 to 30 percent of it.
Having a significant calorie deficit through exercise is a Myth
If a hypothetical 200-pound man adds 60 minutes of medium-intensity running four days per week while keeping his calorie intake the same, and he does this for 30 days, he’d lose five pounds. If this person decides to increase food intake or relax more to recover from the added exercise, then he will lose even lesser weight.
So if an obese person tries to lose weight naturally, it would take an incredible amount of time, will, and effort to make a real impact through exercise alone.
Exercise can undermine weight loss
What and how much we eat is directly connected to how much we move. Additional physical activities often demand more food and we end up eating more than needed.
These facts are more than enough to outweigh the benefits of a healthy diet over-exercise. Exercise when coupled with a routine diet, does wonders to your and that’s where the miracle of weight-loss lies.