“Exercise Questionable for Weight Loss”

Those pushing gym workouts say it is essential for weight loss but, an international study led by Loyola University Chicago is providing compelling new evidence that exercise may not be the key to controlling weight. To the contrary, it has been said, “If weight is your concern, you’re much more likely to lose it in your kitchen than you are in your gym.”  No doubt, exercise has repeatedly been shown to have a wide spectrum of health benefits, but weight loss does not appear to be one of them. Experts claim it is time to “bust the myth” that exercise is the key to tackling obesity.  Instead, many say sugar and carbohydrates are the key.  Researchers who studied young adults from the United States and four other countries found that neither physical activity nor sedentary time were associated with weight gain. Author, Lara R. Dugas, PhD, MPH. said, “Our study results indicate that physical activity may not protect you from gaining weight.”  But please remember that physical activity has many proven health benefits, ranging from reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer to improving mental health and mood.

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