Can exercise alone help you lose weight? The answer may surprise you according to the NY Times.


Can exercise alone help you lose weight?  The answer may surprise you according to the NY Times.

Michael Phelps once told reporters that he needed in excess of 10,000 calories per day to maintain his weight while he was training.  Many of you who go to the gym regularly do not, and use the exercise to not only stay fit, but to maintain or sometimes lose weight.

The truth is, exercise alone, while it may burn calories will actually make your hungry and want to eat more.  Exercise stimulates hormones that increase your appetite, making you eat more according to the NY Times.

To lose weight from exercise, you must eat less while exercising or you may actually gain weight.

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Q: Why do I tend to gain weight when I exercise and lose weight when I barely move

A: The short and unsatisfactory answer is that you are human. A surprisingly large number of people who begin an exercise program subsequently pack on extra pounds. In a 2013 review of scientific studies related to exercise and weight loss, the researchers concluded that most sedentary people who start exercising lose far less weight than would be expected, given how many calories they burn while working out.

As Eric Ravussin, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., told me some time back, “œIn general, exercise by itself is pretty useless for weight loss.”

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