By Paul Mabry
Exercise doesn’t have nearly as much effect on weight loss as the dietary component. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22681398 Yet so many providers encourage their overweight, out of shape patients to do it, sometimes to their detriment as they are more susceptible to sports injury, heat injury and CV events. Here is a quote from the link that follows:
” Importantly, the risk of a cardiac event is significantly lower among regular exercisers. Evidence suggests that a sedentary person’s risk is nearly 50 times higher than the risk for a person who exercises about 5 times per week. Stated simply, individuals who exercise regularly are much less likely to experience a problem during exercise.” http://m.circ.ahajournals.org/content/107/1/e2.full#ref2 .
And the third myth I hear many practitioners promulgating is that increased exercise will increase basal metabolic rate and you will burn more calories. With the exception of resistance training this is simply not true. Here’s a good study showing active hunter gatherers have lower BMRs than sedentary obese Americans http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0040503 . Here is a definitive study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2706222 .
In my opinion the healthiest approach is first to lose weight (the most effective method is clearly carbohydrate restriction) with no exercise then as the body heals gradually add more and more activity as desired with at least 30 minutes per week of resistance training to muscle total exhaustion. It pains me that these harmful myths still abound.
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