Moderate Exercise Vs. Heavy Exercise: the Truth About Calorie Loss

This might be incredibly frustrating to hear, but the truth is you’re probably not going to lose weight by exercising more. Obviously this is bad news for those who love their food, and can’t bear to hear that they probably shouldn’t eat that giant bowl of pasta. A new study printed in Current Biology took several hundred men and women and compared what they found between those who exercised heavily, moderately and not at all.

The Results

Those who exercised tended to expend about 200 calories more per day than those who did not – which is good news. Unfortunately, there was practically no difference between how much someone exercised. Studies have been confirming for quite some time now that you’re better off adjusting your diet if you want to lose weight rather than exercising. This is, of course, not to say that exercise still isn’t exceptionally important. To maintain a healthy body, you need to have your blood moving and heart pumping. It just means that if you’re planning to keep eating red meat and drinking milkshakes while doing chin-ups to burn it off, you may want to reconsider. When you exercise so much throughout the day, your body is aching to put back that energy you lost so you end up stepping up your calorie count.

One Simple Tip

Let’s say you can’t bear the thought of dieting. That’s ok! You can always try adding on more exercise as a means to lose weight because you stand a good chance at becoming addicted to the healthy lifestyle part of it. You may start eating more protein and complex carbohydrates. In this way, you’re eating habits will change as a result of the exercise and it’s at least worth a try.