Want to Know Why We Limit Exercise during Weight Loss?
Exercise is great but regardless of what you may have heard on Oprah, it is not the silver bullet for achieving weight loss. You simply cannot exercise your way out of fat.
Without paying close attention to the fuel demands required for that additional activity, and the effect of muscle burn, you will end up regaining any perceived loss on the scale. Exercise is fantastic for maintaining your desired weight and building muscle tone and with cardio... the health benefits including to the brain are monumental. But while you are in a weight loss mode (specifically fat loss), the myth out there: “eat less, exercise more” could not be more counterproductive.
You see, the more you exercise, the more fuel you require to maintain metabolism, to have energy and to feel satisfied… this means taking on calories . The rub is that with those added calories your body does not need to get into fat stores for energy.
Contrary to popular belief, healthy fat in our diets is not what has created the obesity crisis. Some 40 years ago when “the war on fat” began, we were told to banish fat from our diets mostly in the form of meat, fish and poultry. Like most things in life, when we reduce one thing, we usually replace it with another. In this case, removing fats included in meat meant replacing them with carbohydrates
. And so the manufacturing and marketing glut began: “Healthy Carbs”; “Fat Free Carbs” and more obscenely “Sugar Free Carbs”, “Gluten Free Carbs”. And since then, reducing consumption of animal protein to reduce fat in our diets has not reduced cardiovascular disease. Heart disease has in fact tripled!
It is the overconsumption of carbohydrates leading to excessive glucose, insulin resistance and fat being stored around our organs (visceral fat aka “belly fat”) that has led to the obesity epidemic and critical rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Now of coarse when I speak of the goodness of fats in your diet, I am not speaking of ALL fats! Some fats (like those in cookies and chips, and basically anything fried) raise your bad cholesterol levels and drop your good ones, increasing your risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. And we don’t want that!
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