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