Don’t Exercise For Weight Loss!

Don't Exercise to Lose WeightI’ve kinda known this for a long time, but it runs exactly opposite to the popular notion of why we exercise. We don’t exercise for weight loss, or at least we shouldn’t.

If you’re one of those people spending hour after boring hour every week on a treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber, elliptical trainer or the like thinking you’re going to lose weight – think again!

Exercise Is Not For Weight Loss!

Long ago when I was running a lot, I read a rule of thumb that said you burn about 100 calories per mile while running at a fairly good pace.

So, 7-8 minutes of fairly difficult exercise burns off, maybe, part of one chocolate chip cookie, which took about half a second to consume.  And let’s face it, who eats just one chocolate chip cookie?

7-8 minutes of hard exercise canceled by your mouth in 0.5 seconds

Do you see a problem with the “exercising for weight loss” hypothesis here?

That hour you spent on the treadmill didn’t make a dent in that piece (or those pieces) of pizza you ate after your workout as a “reward” for being such a good little exerciser!

One trainer, whose name I don’t recall, put it this way:

“You cannot out exercise your mouth!”

In other words, you are physically incapable of exercising enough to counteract the consequences of excessive food consumption or poor choices in the quality of the food you consume.

Exercise is great and has too many health benefits to list. However, one of those benefits is NOT weight loss.

This video is excellent in driving home this point and putting exercise in the proper perspective.

The point of this post is not to discourage you from exercising.  Far from it.  Exercise is probably the best thing you can do for your overall health.

The point of the post is to suggest that you may need to reconsider why you are exercising and how you are going about it.

Running or walking for hours a week on an aerobic exercise device like a treadmill while watching the calories burned readout and being proud of how much weight you are going to lose is, frankly put, a fool’s play.

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