"Diets Don't Work" ...But Exercise does

dieting diets energy gap theory exercise research weight loss Feb 29, 2020

95% of people that lose weight will regain it within 1 year.⁣

This statistic is real. And it’s what leads to the messages you see everywhere right now.⁣

“diets don’t work”⁣

(though I’d argue with adequate support, knowledge, nutrition periodization, and mindset/motivation shifts... they surely can. But that’s a topic for a different day lol)⁣

But for the sake of this post,⁣
If diets don’t work for long-term weight-loss. What does?⁣

A handful of studies (like the one I broke down in the slides above - p values and all, for my statistics savvy folks 🤓) all come to a similar conclusion: EXERCISE MATTERS, A LOT.⁣

📊 In another study, researchers followed up with 14 of the “Biggest Loser” contestants (Kerns et al., 2017).⁣

Those that maintained their weight-loss had significantly higher levels of physical activity energy expenditure compared to those that regained the weight...⁣

And here’s the most interesting finding: energy INTAKE didn’t differ between the groups.⁣

Now, please don’t take these findings and run too far with them.⁣

^^ like that click-bait, sensational, over-exaggerated news headlines do 🤦‍♀️⁣

What you eat and how much you eat, is still important.⁣

“You can’t out-exercise a bad diet” still stands.⁣

But exercise plays a tremendous role in sustainable change.⁣

HOW to get yourself to exercise more consistently? It depends on the person, of course.⁣

But if you haven’t, check out my previous posts about self-determination theory, motivation, and mindset...⁣

and maybe hire a coach 😉 #shamelessplug