I exercise, but I don’t lose weight. Why?

It should be simple: we eat food to gain energy; we exercise to spend it. Of course – as many
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It should be simple: we eat food to gain energy; we exercise to spend it.

Of course – as many of us have had to learn the hard way – the human body just isn’t that simple. Why doesn’t exercise always equal weight loss? And how can we correct this?

According to Medical News Today, a new study could have the answer to both questions.

Researchers from the City University of New York found new evidence that the more we exercise, the more our bodies adapt to higher activity – meaning we burn less energy over time, and don’t necessarily lose the weight we want to lose in the long term.

Fitness buffs know this as a “plateau”. It’s common for somebody exercising heavily to lose a lot of weight quickly, but soon reaches a point where no further weight can be lost.

Researchers found that those were extremely physically active burned the same amount of calories as those who were “only moderately active”.

This means that exercise alone is not necessarily enough. Dietary adjustments, sadly, will also need to be part of the equation.

However, it’s not all bad news: as far as weight loss goes, there could be a ‘sweet spot’ between too little and too much exercise. But finding it will take more research from them… and more trial and error for us.

Herman Pontzer, who headed the study, emphasised that this should not necessarily discourage exercise.

“There is tons of evidence that exercise is important for keeping our bodies and minds healthy, and this work does nothing to change that message,” he said.

“What our work adds is that we also need to focus on diet, particularly when it comes to managing our weight and preventing or reversing unhealthy weight gain”.

Have you ever had to lose weight? How much success have you had?

 

  1. John  

    Talking about losing weight, not only exercises can give optimal effect. I found an ebook that you can download at no cost on that topic, very useful and well written. Here is the link: http://dlmyfile.com/7MJ0

    • Debbie Bryant

      Leone. In my comment I have included a link to a website that helped me lose my weight. It may help you. Good luck.

  2. Trish Daley

    Too much, too little, eat this don’t eat that. Our professionals don’t know what they are doing and are responsible for creating confusion in everyone. I will live my life as I choose to from now on and try desperately to ignore all this so called advice.

  3. Kelly Sandwith

    Yes I do alot of exercise but I eat alot too so havnt gained or lost weight now I have too cut down on my eating

  4. Kelly Sandwith

    Yes I do alot of exercise but I eat alot too so havnt gained or lost weight now I have too cut down on my eating

    • Debbie Bryant

      Kelly refer to my comment. I have included a link to a website that may help you. It takes into account your gender, age, exercise level etc and calculates your daily calories to lose weight. I found it extremely helpful.

  5. Nita Crompton

    Sometimes fat is replaced by muscle over time. Although the scales stay the same your body may be leaner. Trying on previously tight clothing can demonstrate this as you may find things looser on you. As we age it seems to be harder to lose weight. Exercise and a healthy diet may both be needed.

  6. Nita Crompton

    Sometimes fat is replaced by muscle over time. Although the scales stay the same your body may be leaner. Trying on previously tight clothing can demonstrate this as you may find things looser on you. As we age it seems to be harder to lose weight. Exercise and a healthy diet may both be needed.

  7. Michele Bell

    I have had lots of success with weight watchers. I have lost weight on 2 occasions and kept it off over 10 years. But as time goes on you forget what you have learned, I found it very helpful to go to the meetings

  8. Michele Bell

    I have had lots of success with weight watchers. I have lost weight on 2 occasions and kept it off over 10 years. But as time goes on you forget what you have learned, I found it very helpful to go to the meetings

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