Everything you know about weight loss is about to change… 18



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How often do you tell yourself, ‘I can eat whatever I want today… I exercised!’ or perhaps, ‘Dieting doesn’t matter, as long as I do my exercise, I’ll lose weight!’? Well, while the exercise will give you huge health benefits, there’s a myth that needs to be dispelled – and a group of scientists and medical researchers have the stern words to do it.

In an article published in the May edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers have said that although regular exercise will reduce the risk of developing a number of health issues such as heart disease, dementia, some cancers and type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t promote weight loss unless it is paired with dietary changes.

The authors of the study say the public is “drowned by an unhelpful message” from the food industry that obesity is caused entirely by a lack of exercise, even describing the tactics used as “chillingly similar” to those utilised by big tobacco companies when the links between smoking and lung cancer were first revealed.

They said, “The tobacco industry successfully stalled government intervention for 50 years. This sabotage was achieved using a ‘corporate playbook’ of denial, doubt, confusing the public and even buying the loyalty of bent scientists, at the cost of millions of lives.”

We forget that diet is as equally important as exercise and without each one, people simply can’t efficiently lose weight – to be frank, it comes down to the science.

The Australian Government recommend that to lose weight a combination of healthy eating that includes a balanced diet rather than kilojoule restriction paired with regular moderate exercise is necessary.

So have you felt like you’ve been mislead by the food industry? Tactics like teaming high-sugar and high-fat products with messaging that involves health has been used as well as sponsorship of healthy, active living and exercise like sporting teams and clubs.

Both of these tactics are misleading manipulative and have blurred the average Australian’s view of what is needed to be healthy.

So next time you’re having a snack because you exercised, remember that despite the exercise, you won’t be any better off than you were before your workout on your way to weight loss.

Tell us, when you set out to lose weight, how do you do it? 

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  1. Virtual Gastric Band helped me to realise I only need much smaller portions of food. I was already exercising.

  2. How old is the author?? What a surprise!!! Wonder what is recommended but wrong this time!! Over sixties heard all this before.

  3. dropped all sugars and 90% grains. more vegies and eggs., down 20 kilos in 2 years and feeling great. 10-15 to go

  4. Even low fat is not healthy often. .because most low fat products are stacked with sugar to disguise the taste!Check it sone labels for yourself! !

  5. I have lost 14 kgs in less than 6 months by cutting out virtually all processed food, bread and alcohol. I look and feel better and I have saved money.

  6. Are you kidding? This “great scientific discovery” is nothing new. We’ve all known forever that you can only keep weight down with healthy eating and regular movement!

  7. Stop eating junk. Eat whole foods preferably organic and unprocessed. No sugar except the sugar that is naturally in fruit and veg. I work, bus and train everywhere I go.

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