Too Much Exercise can Hamper Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, common practice is to combine exercise and diet to achieve weight loss goals.  However, many people may believe that exercise allows them to consume more calories.  Some also believe that exercise alone will promote weight loss.

Researchers have found that exercise alone will not necessarily aid in weight loss.  This is due to the fact that our bodies reach a plateau where working out will not necessarily burn extra calories.

In a study published in Current Biology in January, researchers found that there may be a physical activity “sweet spot.”  Too little activity can have harmful effects, but too much drives the body to make big adjustments to adapt, which constrains restricts total energy expenditure.

Professor Herman Pontzer of City University of New York is one of the study’s authors reiterated the importance of exercise.  He stated that exercise is important for the health of our bodies and minds, but when it comes to weight loss, diet should be the focus.

The study found that exercise does have a weak influence in regards to daily energy expenditure.  However, this is only true for people on the lower end of the exercise spectrum.  People who had moderate levels of physical activity had only slightly higher caloric expenditure – about 200 calories, than those who were sedentary.  However, among people who did higher than normal physical activity, there was virtually nothing to show for calories burned.

These results could explain why people who being exercise programs with the intention of shedding weight often see a decline, or a reversal, after a few months.

It is important to keep in mind that exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of a range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, a range of cancers, and stroke.  Exercise has also been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

If you need help to reach a weight loss or a physical fitness goal, contact Frank Tortorici.  As a certified personal trained, Frank’s experience can help you to meet your fitness goals, whatever they may be.  Contact him today for an appointment.


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