Sunday, August 09, 2009

Stop the Bench Presses!

John Cloud shockingly declares today in Time Magazine how exercise can actually cause a person to gain weight.
Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin one major study — the Minnesota Heart Survey — found, more of us at least say we exercise regularly. The survey ran from 1980, when only 47% of respondents said they engaged in regular exercise, to 2000, when the figure had grown to 57%.

And yet obesity figures have risen dramatically in the same period: a third of Americans are obese, and another third count as overweight by the Federal Government's definition. Yes, it's entirely possible that those of us who regularly go to the gym would weigh even more if we exercised less.
However, upon closer review, Cloud really only points out the rather unremarkable fact that to lose weight, you can't consume more calories a day than you burn. Well, duh!

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