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Mental Skills

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reading the USA Triathlon website article "Regular Exercise and Weight Loss," the question is posed, does regular exercise help with weight loss....

"And so, the answer, in terms of calories burned and resulting pounds lost, is “no, regular exercise is not particularly useful for weight loss.” But, regular exercise is very helpful for losing weight in another very important sense. We regular exercisers (and I’ve been doing it for 35 years this month) are very good at performing the essential mental functions that are the keys to controlling what we eat. Weight loss, yes, requires “dieting,” that is adjusting what, when, and how much we eat. And doing that requires the same mental skills that exercising regularly does." -- Dr. Steve Jonas

From personal experience, when I am regularly exercising, it is much easier for me to control my intake, to regulate my consumption. And when, for whatever reason, if I am not able or choose not too exercise, it is much harder for me to regulate my consumption. So for me Dr. Jonas's observation is true not only in general terms but is also specific to the situation.

Just thought this was interesting.
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