Aug 19

Fat PersonCNN published an article in their Health & Science this month called Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin – it’s a catchy title. It title should be “Why Exercise ALONE Won’t Make You Thin”.

The bottom line reasoning to this article is as follows. When people exercise it makes them more hungry, when people get more hungry they are more apt to eat, when they try to have self-control they can’t because “exercise depletes not just the body’s muscles but the brain’s self-control muscle as well” — or so the article claims.

Here is one of the quotes from the article.

In general, for weight loss, exercise is pretty useless,” says Eric Ravussin, chair in diabetes and metabolism at Louisiana State University and a prominent exercise researcher. Many recent studies have found that exercise isn’t as important in helping people lose weight as you hear so regularly in gym advertisements or on shows like The Biggest Loser — or, for that matter, from magazines like this one.

The basic problem is that while it’s true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.

The real bottom line is there are four main components to loosing weight and if you skip one of them you will not have long term success in your weight loss goals.

1) Lifestyle change — Don’t go to all-you-can-eat buffets, no more greasy foods, cut out juice and eat fresh fruits instead, less red meat more fish and chicken, and lots of low calorie filler foods. No more pop, sweets, high weight to calorie foods, and the list goes on. You must make a lifestyle change that out lasts you weight loss push or you will just gain all your weight back when your push is over like a yo-yo.

2) Regular exercising — Make time to exercise, your quality of life depends on it. Start with 15 to 30 minutes a day and increase it to 1 to 2 hours a day. Losing weight is hard work and lots of self denial. Don’t fall for any programs that tell you there is some easy way to lose weight, there is no easy way.

3) Portion control — Put a cap on how many calories you eat a day. Find out how many calories you burn in a day at your level of activity, add to that the calories you burn exercising, and give yourself a deficiency of 500 to 1000 calories a day. A calorie deficiency of 500 calories a day will give you a weight loss of 5lbs a month.

4) Eating low weight to calorie ratio foods — Nuts are 100 gram to 500 calories, that is a ratio of 1 to 5. Green Peppers are 100 grams to 20 calories that is a ratio of 1 to 0.2.

Yes exercise ALONE won’t make you thin but a lifestyle change with portion control and watching the foods you eat WITH regular exercising WILL make you thin.

Read my Lose 10LBS In 25 Days and follow my daily weight loss progress and find out how easy it is to lose weight — I am on day 10 and I have dropped from 160 to 154.4LBS. (I started my long term weight loss program about 7 months ago when i was 195LBS. My goal is a loss of 50LBS for a weight of 145.

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2 Responses to “Why Exercise ALONE Won’t Make You Thin”

  1. 1. Dan Says:

    Some of their nutritional suggestions here are not really good. The body needs some foods with animal fats in it, like bacon, butter and plain whole yogurt. Otherwise (1) you’ll be doing more binges as the body cries out for nutrition, (2) you’ll be lacking in critical vitamins A and D. Could cause eye troubles, etc. You can still keep it low-carb, which is the important part. has a wealth of good nutrition info.
    I’ve noticed though that there hasn’t been much biblical content on your blog lately, though I appreciate these other things…

  2. 2. Bob Mutch Says:

    Hi Dan,

    Well I am not sure about how that all works but I do know it takes more than exercise to loose weight.

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