While we have all been under the impression that going to the gym helps with dropping a few extra pounds, a new article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, written by three experts, claims that exercise does not actually aid in weight loss. “Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%. However, physical activity does not promote weight loss,” states the article.
The claim rests on statistics that show that average weight has increased in the past few years, while rates of exercise have remained steady. This proves that the one factor behind weight gain is, perhaps not shockingly, a bad diet!
The article takes issue with all kinds of modern claims, on the part of food manufacturers, which mislead the common consumer, including the claims that all calories are of equal value no matter the source, that high-carb diets are better for exercise, and more.
But don’t throw out your gym clothes just yet! While regular workouts are certainly good for you, in order to lose weight the two ships of diet and exercise must be sailing in the same direction. Practically, this means examining your diet, possibly eliminating processed foods and synthetic drinks and generally eating less.