Navigating Healthcare – Patient Safety and Personal Healthcare Management

Exercise will Make you Fat – Not!

Posted in Healthcare Information, Nutrition by drnic on August 20, 2009

In some recent news Time Magazine headlined a piece titled: The Myth About Exercise” which suggested that exercise was fueling hunger and making people fatter. Complete and utter codswallop! But the fact that Time magazine gets away with this kind of piece and worse yet as was featured on one diet blog has people saying:

“If Time magazine dedicates an entire cover story to it then it must be big”

Is a very worrying result. They go on – “the question health researchers are now asking is “Is Exercise really needed for weight loss”

Good grief – who writes this stuff. Providing even a small element of hope for the already overweight population that is getting fatter and unhealthier is just plain wrong. You can see some great presentation of economic and health trends at GapMinder here (Presented at the equally great site of TED Talks by Hans Rosling).

Even if there is a shred of truth to any of the report we need to be encouraging exercise not discouraging it. Our population needs exercise – in fact your body needs exercise
Don’t loose site of this goal of regular and frequent exercise.

As Rebecca Scritchfield pointed out in her blog of this media disinformation is a big price we pay for listening to this tripe. As she says

the reality is the science tells a totally different story: There is strong evidence from the majority of the scientific literature that physical activity is an important component of an effective weight loss program; Physical activity is one of the most important behavioral factors in weight maintenance and improving long-term weight loss outcomes. In fact, participation in an exercise program has proven to be the very best predictor of maintaining weight that was lost; Effective weight loss and maintenance depend on a simple equation called energy balance: Calories expended through physical activity and normal lifestyle functions must exceed calories consumed; It is a myth that exercise can actually prevent weight loss by leading exercisers to overeat. Research and common sense disprove this notion. Look around the gym or the jogging trail. If this were the case, wouldn’t those who regularly exercise be the fattest?

Quite! Don’t get duped by the media’s desire for sensational shock stories. There is more on this blog with Good Morning America bringing on an “expert” nutritionist providing a platform to someone who as Rebecca points out”

ANYONE can call themselves a nutritionist. You can. Your grandma can. President Obama can.

So from this nutritionist I am here to tell you exercise is good and an essential part of a weight loss and positive health program. So get off your chair, turn off the computer and go for a will do you some good. Then Rinse lather and repeat!


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  1. fizex said, on September 14, 2009 at 07:24 (7:24 am)

    there are 10 simple tips that you can practice in order to achieve the dream of:

    1. Set your goals slowly. Get decrease in the range of 0.5kg to 1kg per week.
    2. Can take supplements such as Glutamine each day after exercise session.
    3. Reduce the intake of food or drink sweet (sugar content high).
    4. Just eat fruit instead.
    5. Drinks more mineral water and do not drink alcoholic beverages.
    6. Set the time you eat each day.
    7. Eat in the dining area and not in front of the tv.
    8. Familiarize themselves with the smaller plates when eating.
    9. Fill your days with doing certain activities to avoid fun thought of food.
    10. Make sure you get adequate rest. For example bedtime. Sleep in 6 to 8 hours a day.

    You can follow all this tips to get more ideal body, visits here to more info..

  2. Delbert Hogan said, on September 18, 2009 at 11:08 (11:08 am)

    that is inresting info , thank you

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