Not Exercise, Gym Memberships or Even a FitBit Will Make You Lose Weight

Not Exercise, Gym Memberships or Even a FitBit Will Make You Lose Weight

A recent survey of millions of Americans showed that physical activity had increased between 2001 and 2009. This increased amount of activity was matched by a rise in obesity.

Exercise is great for your heart and your cardiovascular system. But it won’t make you lose weight.

Lots of Americans exercise to the point where they feel they should be losing weight. But they aren’t. We are still getting fatter and isn’t becuse of lack of exercise. You don’t need any new equipment, a personal trainer, a new fitness class, video or regimen.

You don’t need anything new — no matter how many gym memberships you buy or how often you wear your Fitbit — won’t make you lose weight.

Exercise is Very Good, But Not For Weight Loss … The idea that our obesity epidemic is caused by sedentary lifestyles has spread widely over the past few decades, spurring a multibillion-dollar industry that pitches gadgets and gimmicks promising to walk, run and kick-box you to a slim figure. But those pitches are based on a myth.

Physical activity has a multitude of health benefits — it reduces the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and possibly even cancer — but weight loss is not one of them.

But if weight loss is your goal, your diet is what really needs to change.

An analysis by professor Simon Capewell at the University of Liverpool revealed that poor diet (for example, eating too much junk food without enough nuts, whole grains, fruit and vegetables) now contributes to more disease and death than smoking, alcohol and physical inactivity combined. And up to 40 percent of those with a normal body mass index harbor metabolic abnormalities that are associated with obesity, including high blood pressure, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and heart disease.

So give your credit cards a break. If you want to lose weight there is no need to buy the latest fitness gadget, video or membership. Just start eating right.

Read the whole article on the Washington Post

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