Apparently you didn't see this week's Time Magazine, and their cover story, "The Myth Of Exercise". Of course, as weight loss experts, you already knew well before that, as I did, the benefits of aerobic exercise for weight loss are at best overstated, at worst completely fictional.
Which is not to say exercise isn't good for you. I regulates insulin, which might indirectly have an influence on your weight. And the blood/lungs activity described herein is certainly good for you. It reduces stress, and is just enjoyable (for some folks).
And anaerobic exercise does affect weight loss. But the fact is in studies of dieters and dieters who exercised there is practically no difference. The concept of exercising to lose weight was only introduced a few decades ago, and it's a myth that is kept alive now by the diet and fitness industry. The concept of long periods of exercise, trying to burn massive calories to surpass those consumed, is especially inaccurate and even harmful. But where would the billion dollar gym and fitness equipment industry be if they started conceding hours on a treadmill do nothing for weight loss and probably harm your body?
- 8/13/2009 9:30:11 AM