Most health experts would like you to believe that you have to work out for hours a day in order to achieve diet success. And it is easy to prescribe to this way of thinking since we learn from a very early age that exercise equals being thin and healthy. However, what most people fail to realize is that strenuous exercise programs are not necessary for succeeding at weight loss.
Certainly, working out regularly does have its benefits. For instance, it can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and it helps your bones and muscles grow big and strong. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t lose weight without it. In fact, as pointed out in our newly released book, Fat-Me-Not: Weight Loss Diet of The Future , a number of clients are able to lose weight without being on any exercise program whatsoever.
Why Strenuous Exercise Is Not Needed for Diet Success
The reasons behind this notion are simple. For starters, if you set out to lose weight and feel that the only way to do it is by engaging in a grueling exercise program, even though you haven’t worked out in years (if ever), you’re likely to quit by day number two. You will feel as if it is too hard or that you can’t do it, which means that you’ll give up on the whole process all together and never realize your goals.
Not to mention, it takes a long time to lose weight due solely to increased physical activity. For instance, the typical person burns 120 calories in a 30 minute exercise session. This equates to roughly 3,600 calories burned in one month, which is only one pound of fat. It is pretty hard to stay motivated to put forth 30 minutes of exercise each and every day in order to lose one pound over the course of a calendar month.
Additionally, when you push your body too quickly without properly preparing it beforehand, you risk injuring yourself. You could sprain or strain a muscle, which can make doing any physical activity at all nearly impossible, further hindering your fitness efforts and making it more difficult to lose weight.
That is why it is best to lose some weight first, and then you can worry about adding exercise to your daily regimen. Another reason that strenuous exercise is not needed for diet success is the fact that diet trumps exercise, and probably not for the reason that you would think.
Why Diet Trumps Exercise
When it comes to weight loss, your ability to drop your excess pounds is largely dependent on the foods you eat as they impact the types of bacteria in your gut. And it is the bacteria that are in your gut that have the ability to control your brain—convincing it to either help or hurt you in the weight loss process. How does it do this?
Essentially, the foods you eat can impact the release of various hormones that send signals to your brain to either increase your appetite (like ghrelin) or decrease your appetite (such as PYY, GLP-1, or OX). Therefore, it is easy to see why some bacteria are beneficial to the weight loss process and others hurt it.
That is why you should eat a diet which is made up of high protein, high fiber and balanced nutrients in correct portions to provide your gut with bacteria that tell your brain that you aren’t hungry and limit the bacteria that make you want to eat. That is why the SlimPlate System has been designed as it has. It works with your body in a way that causes it to assist the weight loss process, not work against it.
One thing to know is that creating this level of change requires a long term commitment as short bouts of modification aren’t enough to provide the effect you need. This means that you have to make a lifelong commitment to eat a diet varied in healthy foods if you want to enjoy lifelong results.
To learn more about how your gut bacteria help promote weight loss and why diet trumps exercise, pick up a copy of Fat-Me-Not: Weight Loss Diet of The Future and begin reading it today. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts so feel free to comment below.
About the Author
Dr. Myo M. Nwe is a double board-certified physician by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine. She is passionate about weight loss treatment. Her mission is to connect the latest research on obesity and weight loss to current weight loss treatments available to consumers. Dr. Nwe is the co-inventor of the revolutionary step portion control weight loss method, the SlimPlate System. She has appeared on several radio and television shows, educating the audience on the right way to lose weight and keep it off.
Dr. Sandeep Grewal is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was awarded the Innovation in Healthcare award by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2012, in addition to being named one of the “40 under 40” in 2013. Dr. Grewal has appeared on several television and radio shows and is the co-inventor of the SlimPlate System.
Both Dr. Nwe and Dr. Grewal are co-founders of the Ace Medical Group, the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center, and the Ace Innovation Group.
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