Ever heard the saying “you can’t out-train a poor diet?” well, now we know for real that’s its true. Exercise doesn't actually help you lose weight, so says a recent British Journal of Sports Medicine editorial written by an exercise and sports science professor, a psychology professor, and a cardiologist (AKA: professionals).
So, let’s all throw out all our Nikes and Lululemon leggings and assume the position on the sofa, yeah? Not yet. "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," the study writes.
The reason that they have made this conclusion is that obesity is still on the up and up, whereas physical activity levels have been fairly stable for the past few decades. The good news is, it’s not (all) your fault; more they are blaming marketing tricks the food industry uses to confuse consumers. I think anyone who has tried to purchase a block of cheese lately can relate, amirite?
You see, it turns out that all calories are not created equal. It was once thought that 100 calories had the same effect on your weight whether they were made from sugars, proteins, or fats, yet this study states that indeed it matters a great amount. "Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger. Fat calories induce fullness or 'satiation,'" they claim. So basically, put down that cookie and pick up an avocado.
We all need to be mindful of celebs and influencers endorsing certain fad diets, often being paid to do so with no real knowledge or training in the field of nutrition. Sure, use their hot bod shots for #fitso, but get your nutritional advice from a professional.
Keep pumping that iron or pounding the pavement for your body and mind, but our take away advice (pun intended)? If you’re not seeing the results you want from your current training, take a look at your diet. We guess abs reallyaremade in the kitchen.