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The health industry for years has been pushing this one promise onto us: if you work out long enough, you can have that margarita or pizza. It’s a single promise that if we worked out really, really hard, we can get away with something higher in calories.
The reality of the situation though is there are many studies out there who disprove that theory. Despite what health gurus, celebrities, doctors, and public health officials say, working out doesn’t contribute much to weight loss.
Or does it really?
Because despite what over 60 studies say – all summarized in an easy to read article here – there’s actually a new study suggesting exercises does contribute a lot. It all depends on how much of it you are doing.
According to this study, people who generally burn more calories throughout the week were able to lose at least 5% of their original body fat. In the study there were two groups. One was asked to exercise until they burned 300 calories every day for five days a week (roughly 30 minutes a day). The other group was asked to work out twice as much and burn 600 calories per day (roughly an hour).
From the group the study concluded that about sixty minutes of exercise was better for people as opposed to thirty minutes. But part of the reason why this is suggested is due to our relationship with exercise, appetite and our relationship with food. In both instances, both groups did indulge in overeating eating about an extra 1,000 calories over the week.
As a result of this, some individuals were quick to gain that weight back since they worked out less and burned a significantly smaller amount than the second group. What’s also important to note in the study is people didn’t change diets during the testing.
But getting back to overeating it does make sense why a lot of us have a tendency to overeat. Just like the participants, we may not notice that we are compensating our workout by overeating. It goes back to what the health industry pushes: workout a lot right now and then has that cheeseburger. It’s not great behavior. Especially when you are looking to shed some pounds.
How much we exercise every day does play a significant role in our lives, this particular study proves that. But in order to get the benefits out of it, you will need to find activities that can help you burn a lot of calories every day. Furthermore, just because you are working out a lot doesn’t mean you can get away with low-quality food. What you put in your body is just as important as how much you burn it off.
In the study, participants were encouraged to walk briskly for 30 minutes. For the second group that worked out more, that figure was doubled. It goes to show that you don’t need a killer workout in order to lose weight. All you have to do is double down on your exercise routine.