Does Exercise Really Help You Lose Weight?

This recent report that reviewed dozens of scientific studies on the relationship between weight loss and exercise states: “The evidence is now clear: Exercise is excellent for health, but it’s not important for weight loss. The two things should never be given equal weight in the obesity debate.” Reviewing metastudies, tracking back decades-old research as well as incorporating work as recent as this year, interviewing experts in the field, and providing cogent graphics and links, this report should give one pause when thinking that the key to weight loss is exercise. While exercise is great for your health, the study says, it does little for weight reduction. The secret? Eat less food! It would seem to be a no-brainer, but as the article points out, most of us operate under the assumption that we burn off what we eat. And that is much too simplistic a viewpoint.

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