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Exercise is only 10-20% of the overall health improvement when it comes to metabolic dysfunction and weight gain.

May 26, 2015

Read this article. http://consumer.healthday.com/fitness-information-14/misc-health-news-265/weight-training-s-benefits-may-depend-on-genetics-699065.html

Here’s a good example of jumping to conclusions. Discussion and conclusion in an article are often just statements of opinion. The bottom line was that obese people didn’t lose much weight with the exercise program than their thinner already healthier study mates. They jump to the idea that there must be some genetic difference. There is but that’s not the point. The real issue is that exercise is only 10-20% of the overall health improvement when it comes to metabolic dysfunction and weight gain. Nutritional change is 80-90% of the picture. Therefore the conclusion could have been that in people with normal insulin function, modest body morphology change occurred. They didn’t have as much fat to begin with. In people who need to lose 100 pounds, exercise alone without nutritional change didn’t make much difference. We certainly see this clinically every day.

Most patients that come to us for help with weight loss have engaged in a rigorous exercise program aerobic or resistance in the past. Some as much as 2 hours 7 days a week and many are gaining not losing weight. The are baffled, but the above description helps them understand. Exercise is not the answer, only a small part of the answer. You may say then, “why do some people lose weight with exercise?” We would argue that almost everyone who “focuses on health” with a new exercise program also changes their diet and it’s the dietary change at work and not the exercise. If you are driving to the gym and spending 45 minutes there and then driving home, you are not sitting at home with access to the pantry and the potato chips. These are very important points to keep in mind.
The money is in the nutrition.

Michael D. Fox, MD
Jacksonville Center
Reproductive Medicine
jcrm.org

   
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