Putting more calories in your body than it needs to operate makes you fat. Eating fewer calories than you burn makes you thin. The only contribution exercise makes is that it builds a little muscle and muscle burns calories while fat doesn’t. It’s a true yet simple formula. Which is becoming more and more apparent to people who pay attention to such matters. In fact, this essay in the Guardian is must reading.
From StairMasters to kettlebells, Rosemary Conley to Natalie Cassidy, we understand and expect that getting in shape is going to require serious effort on our part – and the reverse is true, too, that we expect exercise to pay back the hours of boring, sweaty graft with a leaner, lighter body. Since the days of the Green Goddess, we’ve known that the healthiest way to lose weight is through exercise. It’s science, isn’t it? Well, science has some bad news for you. More and more research in both the UK and the US is emerging to show that exercise has a negligible impact on weight loss. That tri-weekly commitment to aerobics class? Almost worthless, as far as fitting into your bikini is concerned. The Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit medical research establishment in the US, reports that, in general, studies “have demonstrated no or modest weight loss with exercise alone” and that “an exercise regimen… is unlikely to result in short-term weight loss beyond what is achieved with dietary change.”
Science is finally right about something. Diet is everything. Exercising for hours a day, pointless really. Sorry. But if you’ll stop stuffing your face you’ll lose weight and if you eat like a pig and work out 2 hours a day you’ll still be fat. Look here-
Snack attack: how long it takes to burn off 10 favourite foods
One portion of Tesco lasagne (560 cal): 45 minutes of spinning
One slice of Domino’s pepperoni pizza (198 cal): 45 minutes of swimming
Morrisons’ chocolate-chip muffin (476 cal): 58 minutes of climbing
Packet of Walkers cheese and onion crisps (184 cal): 35 minutes of frisbee
Subway tuna wrap (310 cal): 1 hour and 10 minutes of body pump
Bacon sandwich on white bread (430 cal): 58 minutes of football
Coffee Republic ham and cheese toastie (436 cal): 1 hour and 30 minutes of netball
Granny Smith apple (62 cal): 15 minutes of weightlifting
M&S hot cross bun (159 cal): 20 minutes of skipping
Mars bar (280 cal): 50 minutes of aqua aerobics
So stop eating too much. And sure, go ahead and exercise, it’s good for stress reduction. It’s lousy for weight reduction though.