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The Exercise Myth: Why Working Out is Not the Key to Losing Weight


In recent years, due in part to the success of weight loss reality shows like The Biggest Loser and Celebrity Fit Club, exercise has become a popular option for those who struggle with being overweight or obese. More gym memberships are being sold every year as more people make the choice to get fit. Unfortunately, as people begin to focus purely on exercise and training, other key aspects of weight loss are often ignored.

A growing number of weight loss plans are “exercise-focused,” where consistent daily exercise is the primary objective, while healthy eating is secondary or nonexistent. This type of improper dieting poses various problems. After a workout, the body uses available protein to rebuild those damaged muscle tissues, essentially replacing them. If there is not enough protein, the body breaks down existing muscle to repair the broken muscle tissue, resulting in a loss of muscle mass. During the recovery period, the body can only build new muscle tissue if there is an abundance of protein, and creating higher levels of protein requires a change in diet. In other words, exercise alone cannot build a healthier body; it must be accompanied by a healthy diet.

Overeating is another negative result of exercising for those people who do not follow a balanced diet. After strenuous activity the body demands nutrients to speed up its recovery. After a workout, it is normal to feel hungry, and often people eat larger portions or extra meals. Such eating leads to the growth of fat, which is easier to gain than it is to lose. This explains why recent studies have shown that manual laborers (construction workers, farmers, etc) are 30% more at risk of obesity than office workers.

Exercise, though important, is not the key to losing weight; in fact 80% of muscle growth is dependent on a proper diet. To put it simply, there is no single key to weight loss; a weight conscious individual must maintain a proper balance between exercise and dieting in order to achieve positive results. The most important component of a diet is protein. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle, hence a stronger and healthier body. For the best results, a daily diet should include at least 30 grams of protein for every 6 hours. This can be accomplished by consuming 30 grams of protein during breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a night snack.

Those individuals, who eat a well balanced nutritious diet, will see the muscle growth and weight loss they expect. Eating the right amount of carbs and proteins ensures that weight loss will occur, causing individuals to be more prone to exercising, thus producing optimum results.

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