In a recent study that has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine it has been revealed that exercise won’t help you lose weight on its own.
Therefore if you eat unhealthily you will not lose weight however much you exercise.
The authors of the study had this to say about their findings:
“It is time to wind back the harms caused by the junk food industry’s Public Relations machinery. Let us bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity. You cannot outrun a bad diet.”
What else did the authors have to say?
In the study the activity levels of the past 3 decades were looked at alongside obesity rates, with the results showing that while our activity levels are remained similar the obesity rates have shot up.
The authors have concluded that this must be due to the food that we are eating, with the various junk food manufacturers taking most of the blame.
“In the past 30 years, as obesity has rocketed, there has been little change in physical activity levels in the western population. This places the blame for our expanding waistlines directly on the type and amount of calories consumed.”
This is unsurprising to be honest, as you cannot go a mile down the road without coming across a McDonalds or similar fast food restaurant.
It seems that our supermarkets are full of processed junk food too.
So what can we do?
If you value your health then you need to look at what you are eating, it really is as simple as that, although actually changing your eating habits maybe another matter entirely.
For a start you need to cut back on those visits to the takeaways, and most certainly cut out those junk food purchases when you visit the supermarket.
Instead I would recommend preparing your own meals using fresh ingredients.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are a must, while lean protein sources such as chicken and turkey will provide the protein that your body needs to remain full and energised.
You should also look at what you are drinking too. Cut out those soft-drinks, instead try to drink more water. Remember water contains zero calories.
If you can make these changes then you will surely see some of your own changes to both how you look and how you feel.
What benefits does exercise offer?
Although this study has shown that perhaps exercise is less important for weight loss as once thought it is still important for a variety of health reasons.
For instance regular exercise could help to reduce cardiovascular disease, dementia and various cancer types by as much as 30%.
My suggestion to you would be to look at both your diet and the amount of exercise you do if you wish to lose weight and become healthier overall.