This is an article I found in a magazine that I subscribe to, by Dr. Neal D. Barnard, MD. The magazine is Vegetarian Times September 2013, or you can go here to read the article: vegetariantimes.com
“Question: I really do not like exercising. Does exercise matter, as long as I eat well?
Answer: It depends. If your goal is weight loss, then exercise probably isn’t the answer. The fact is, exercise has a much more modest effect on your weight than you might imagine. Don’t believe it? Try this little test: go to the gym, hop on a treadmill, and run flat-out for a mile. Then, as you wipe your brow, push the little button that tells how many calories you’ve burned. It turns out to be only about 100. That’s less than half the calories in a 20-ounce soda. A more serious workout will burn more calories, but your appetite will tend to compensate for your exercise, so you’ll find yourself eating more.
Researchers have found that a lack of exercise has played almost no role in the obesity epidemic. Yes, we are not as physically active as we might be, but the changes in physical activity over time have been much too small to account for expanding waistlines. The obesity epidemic has been fueled by food, not sloth.
My research team tested the effect of a plant-based diet alone-without exercise-for people who needed to lose weight and found that the pounds dropped off even in sedentary people. So while exercise does burn calories and theoretically ought to help with weight loss, the truth is that your plate matters a lot more than your sneakers.
Having said all that, don’t cancel your gym membership. Exercise has many benefits. For one, it boosts HDL (ie: “good”) cholesterol and reduces tryglycerides, and the effect is beg enough that your doctor will likely see the difference on your next cholesterol test. Exercise is crucial for strong bones too. At every stage of life, from childhood through old age, weight-bearing exercise gives your bones a reason to live. Exercise also helps you sleep better and feel more emotionally stable.
What may be most exciting is the effect of physical activity on the brain. Researchers from four universities collaborated on a study that asked a group of seniors to take a brisk walk three times a week, and over time, this practice noticeably improved their performance on memory tests and even increased the size of the brain structures involved in memory. You might like to know that the exercise program was designed with the sedentary in mind. The seniors started with just a brisk 10-minute walk, three times a week for the first week, then added five minutes each week: the walks were 15 minutes the second week, 20 minutes the third week and so on until the participants were walking 40 minutes three times a week. Additional studies show that over the long run, exercisers are much less likely to develop serious memory problems that plague so many people.”
So, what are your thoughts?
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.
Starting Weight 228 - 3/29/13
Weight Goal 220 - Met:5/16/13
Weight Goal 210 - Met: 7/14/13
Weight Goal 200 - Met: 9/15/13
Weight Goal 190 -