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Very little evidence exists to support the belief that exercise affects how fat we are, Gary Taubes
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"As it turns out, very little evidence exists to support the belief that the number of calorieswe expend has any effect on how fat we are," writes Gary Taubes in his excellent book Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It. American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine
American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine not exercising to lose weight is ‘not particularly compelling’
“In August 2007, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) addressed this evidence in a particularly damning manner when they published joint guidelines on physical activity and health,” Taubes continues.
“The ten expert authors included many of the preeminent proponents of the essential role of exercise in a healthy lifestyle.
“Put simply, these were people who really want us to exercise and might be tempted to stack the evidence in favor of our doing so.
“Thirty minutes of moderately vigorous physical activity, they said, five days a week, was necessary to ‘maintain and promote health.’”
“But when it came to the question ofhow exercising affects our getting fat or staying lean, these experts could only say: ‘It is reasonable to assume that persons with relatively high daily energy expenditures would be less likely to gain weight over time, compared with those who have low energy expenditures. So far, data to support this hypothesis are not particularly compelling.’”
Comment: I agree; the research shows that moderate amounts of exercise has a very small effect on weight loss
Can exercise cause you to lose weight?
Yes… if you do A LOT of it… a WHOLE LOT OF IT.
But the research shows that moderate amounts of exercise, that is the amount that most people are willing to do—30-60 minutes of walking per day, let’s say—only results in a couple of pounds of weight loss at best.
This is a MUST-READ Book
This is MUST-READ book for anyone interested in body weight
This is MUST-READ book for anyone interested in body weight… or anyone who believes that saturated fat is bad for you… or anyone who believes that carbohydrates are good for you… or anyone who believes that obesity is caused by a lack of will power… or anyone who believes that obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little (yes, of course this is true, but this does not answer the question as to why people eat too much and exercise too little, which Taubes answers in this book).
I highly recommend this book.
Gary Taubes is an excellent science journalist.
His previous books include “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, a longer book which is also about low-carb diets, but is a much longer book.
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