Sunday, September 6, 2009

Does exercise make it harder to lose weight?

Just in from Time Magazine...(Thanks Karen Buck)

"Whether because exercise makes us hungry or because we want to reward ourselves, many people eat more — and eat more junk food, like doughnuts — after going to the gym." Bottom line:
"It's what you eat, not how hard you try to work it off, that matters more in losing weight. You should exercise to improve your health, but be warned: fiery spurts of vigorous exercise could lead to weight gain. I love how exercise makes me feel, but tomorrow I might skip the VersaClimber — and skip the blueberry bar that is my usual post-exercise reward." More here (it's kinda long and a little boring)
Of course Dr. Heidi fans were already in on that little secret...See here and here.
Confession. For many years I belonged to the Nob Hill club - part of the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco. I went 4-5 days per week for an hour's workout, first thing in the AM. After, walking down the Powell Street hill towards the financial district, my friend and I passed a Double Rainbow cafe.

Of course we stopped in each time. We looked forward to a big fat almond croissant and cappuccino. It was a wonderful reward. We didn't stop unless we'd worked out. We stopped by almost every single day.


Whole Food and More said...

There was a discussion about this on the Today show this morning. It was stated that when you exercise you need to eat to keep your energy up so you will be adding calories back that you just burned!

I love to ride bikes and take my dogs on walks - hikes or runs. I do this for the many health benefits and the way it makes me feel but NOT for fat burning.

Robin said...

I believe that exercise alone does not help you lose weight, unless it is an extreme amount of exercise.

A few years ago, I owned a lawn care business. I did not change what I was eating, yet I lost around twenty pounds without even trying.

But most people are not going to do the amount of physical work I did, in the heat.

I do believe, however, that regular exercise along with a proper change in diet, will help you lose weight. But for most people, exercise alone will not do the trick.


Eat Well. Live Well.

nicholehampton said...

I completely agree with this. My sister and I started to work out together a few days a week. I wanted to gain muscle tone, she wanted to lose weight. For some reason though, as soon as we are done, we hit up the local deli and get a 1000 calorie sandwich with a large soda! She justifies this by saying she just burned off lunch ect. I mean really, how can you eat a huge anything and expect to LOSE weight? I think calorie counters should be removed from treadmills and elliptical machines as well.