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Over the last few years, I’ve been continually asked over Twitter and in comments why exercise still doesn’t work when people are eating the same and not losing weight. The simple answer: it doesn’t work. For the last 30 years, exercise has been promoted as the “magic pill” that will change your body and your life. There’s no question that exercise is good for you and can improve the quality of your life. It’s also true that exercise is not the only answer to weight loss. Yet, there’s no question that exercise does not work for everyone.
I love exercise. I do it to keep in shape, and I enjoy it. But I’m a big believer in the idea that exercise is not the simple answer to weight loss. It’s not the magic bullet, and it has no place in fat loss. Because it just doesn’t. Let me tell you why.
Exercise, according to Time Magazine writer John Cloud, is pointless. Surprisingly, I agree in part. Let’s not, however, toss the baby out with the bathwater. Exercise by itself isn’t enough to help you lose weight. However, if you combine exercise with healthy eating habits, you’ll be in for a treat.
Is it true that exercise makes us fat?
Journalist John Cloud published a very contentious piece in Time Magazine this week titled “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin.”
What is the article’s thesis?
“Forcing individuals to exercise more exacerbates our obesity crisis.”
Huh? Is it true that exercise makes us fatter?
What are you talking about, John Cloud? ?
It’s now standard practice in most blogs to provide a link to the relevant article. But I’m afraid I won’t be able to accomplish it. Mostly because John Cloud purposefully authored this essay in a divisive manner for that very reason. To get others to speak about it. And to send a ton of traffic to Time Magazine’s website.
So, Mr. Cloud and Time Magazine, eat it. I’m not going to send you any links today.
The reality is…
Now I’m a person who earns his livelihood only by assisting others in becoming in terrific condition. Yes, I hold a doctorate in the subject. And, sure, I work on research projects from time to time. Helping others enhance their appearance, feeling, and performance, on the other hand, butters my whole grain bread.
So, I’ll confess, when some journalist comes snooping about in my domain, I become a bit overprotective. Yes, it’s simple for me to become defensive right away. In this instance, I immediately came up with a slew of rebuttals to demonstrate what a fool John Cloud is. In reality, individuals are doing exactly that all over the internet.
However, the reality is as follows: John Cloud is absolutely correct! Exercise, on its own, isn’t very effective for weight reduction.
Come on, people, this isn’t fresh knowledge! In fact, I wrote an essay titled “When Exercise Doesn’t Work” on August 12th, 2008. Cloud’s article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” was published nearly exactly one year ago today (August 9th, 2009).
When exercise doesn’t seem to be working
In my original post, I presented two trials that demonstrated clearly that, in the absence of a dietary intervention, even well-designed exercise programs may provide extremely unsatisfactory outcomes. Take a look at this:
University of Texas – University of Texas – University of Texas – University of Texas – University
- 3 strength sessions each week, 2 interval sessions per week, for a total of 12 weeks of exercise
- Only 1.5 pound of fat was removed.
University of Oklahoma (Study #2)
- With ten weeks of training, three weekly endurance sessions and two weekly strength sessions
- Only 1.5 pound of fat was removed.
Participants in each research would have spent between $3500 and $4500 on personal training and gym fees if they had employed personal trainers. They would have put in between 50 and 60 hours of stomach-churning training. They would have shed just 1.5 pounds of body fat as a result of their efforts.
It’s time to acknowledge, readers and trainers alike. Exercise on its own isn’t very effective without a dietary intervention. It isn’t only Mr Cloud’s paper that proves this. His essay serves as a kind of “tipping point.” This conclusion has been reached after years of study.
Many of us have decided to disregard this information, either because we are too brainwashed or because we are too concerned about our financial well-being.
What exactly is it that works?
So, if Mr Cloud was correct all along, why did I give him such a hard time in my introduction? He has become reckless in his effort to be provocative.
Rather of telling the whole narrative – that exercise and diet work wonders – he takes a standard journalistic stance. He takes on the role of myth-destroyer. And once he’s taken on this position, he’s too preoccupied with debunking falsehoods to think about what he’s also debunking. Truth.
Mr Cloud, exercise isn’t bad. There are many advantages to exercising.
- It helps us keep our muscular mass as we get older, which is important for maintaining our independence as we become older.
- It improves aerobic and anaerobic fitness, which are two additional important aspects of healthy aging.
- It causes significant metabolic changes, which reduce illness risk and death.
- It enhances quality of life by improving cognitive function and mood.
Naturally, I concur. Without a proper dietary plan, exercise alone will not help you lose weight.
But don’t toss away the baby with the bathwater. Exercise, when combined with a healthy diet, has been proven to increase muscular strength, increase lean mass, and reduce body fat. This has been shown time and time again by both study and real-world data.
Mr Cloud’s sorrow in his stomach
Mr Cloud admits in his essay that, despite his almost daily, rigorous exercise regimen (sometimes overseen by a personal trainer):
“I’ve been exercising like this for years — compulsively, a little grimly… When I sit, I still have belly fat that hangs over my belt.”
“My weight remains the same at 163 pounds. It’s been like that for the most of my adult life.”
This is the bit that makes me sad. He works out nearly every day. He hires a personal trainer to assist him improve his appearance, mood, and performance. And, at the end of the day, his physique hasn’t improved in years. He has a body that he isn’t completely happy with.
This is an issue that is even larger than his stomach. Mr Cloud is so unhappy with his appearance that he wrote this essay as a result of his workout dissatisfaction. An story that may deter thousands of people from finally getting off the sofa and getting into a regular fitness routine.
Mr Cloud is available for hire.
I’d want to get a copy of into the hands of Mr Cloud. Maybe even enroll him in the Pacific Northwest Lean Eating Coaching Program.
If any of you readers know him or have his contact information, I’d be grateful if you could put me in touch with him. Now, since I told him (and Time magazine) to “eat it” previously on this blog, maybe we’ll get off to a rough start.
If we can get beyond that, I’d want to show him that by integrating BOTH good exercise and right nutrition into his routine, he’ll likely be able to workout less, enjoy his activity more, and get into wicked condition.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why does working out not work?
Working out is not a guaranteed way to lose weight. Its important to understand that exercise alone wont help you lose weight.
Why dont I lose weight when I exercise?
You may be eating too many calories, or you may not be doing enough exercise.
How do you know if your workout is not working?
If your workout is not working, it usually means that you are not doing the exercises correctly. It could also mean that you are not using the correct equipment.
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