Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I heard on the radio yesterday that experts are saying that exercise does not have much to do with weight loss. I know this revelation probably has sent thousands of exercise gurus into a tiz, but anyone who can do math can figure this out. If it takes an hour of jogging to burn 300 calories and a piece of cake equals 300 calories, wouldn't it be easier to not eat the piece of cake (spoken from a sugar addict - no it is not). But in theory avoiding the cake would be the more efficient way to lose weight.
Back in January 2005, my son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat and milk, but I was still breastfeeding him (he would have been less than a year). Being the La Leche type, instead of switching him to formula I gave up wheat products (not carbs) and milk products. Believe me this is hard to do not in will power, but most everything has gluten or casien proteins in it. By the time May 2005 rolled around I was down almost 40 pounds - WITHOUT EXERCISE.
The study is not saying that exercise isn't good for you. Exercise burns calories, works your heart, tones your muscles, but as a weight loss tool it is just not as effective as eating within your calorie limit and eating healthy.