There are a lot of reasons for physical activity, it boosts serotonin levels, increases muscle mass, and helps you manage stress, etc. But one thing that you might not know is that physical exercise doesn’t necessarily help you lose weight.
The truth is that according to a recent study, people who follow the surgeon general’s guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week, are more likely to gain a pound or two on average a year than lose it. The kicker is that those who don’t exercise tend to lose an average of about half a pound a year.
Have you ever heard the notion that you lose weight in the kitchen and you get fit in the gym? This idea seems sum up the results of the research study done by Loyola University in Chicago which tracked the activity levels and weight of men and women living in the US and other four other countries. Lead researcher Lara Dugas said, “Physical activity may not protect you from gaining weight.”
If you want to lose the pounds, consider that your success has as much or more to do with what’s happening in the kitchen as it does with what’s happening in the gym.
(Source: Peer J, 2017; 5: e2902)
Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in Salt Lake City, Utah and when he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son.