This is not the first time I noticed that there is no realistically predicted amount of exercise that alone will lead to a clinically significant weight loss and probably will not be the last. And that said, it does not mean that it is impossible, but reality is really a useful place to live, and it is perhaps a remarkable reference framework.
Today's repetition comes from a recent study that looked at "energy compensation in response to training for aerobic exercise in overweight adults", which when translated refers to whether or not people consume the calories they consume, and for this reason exercise results for weight loss studies often disappoint.
The authors followed 36 men and women with a different degree of overweight (BMIs ranged from 25-35) and randomly assigned them to exercise either 30 minutes a day or 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 12 weeks.
3 months for the data analyzed later and the authors summarized in the conclusions include this statement,
"The results of the current study show that the recommendation should be closer to 300 minutes per week to achieve significant fat loss"
because only participants who had an average of 335 minutes of weekly exercise were considered to have lost a statistically significant weight (and although statistically significant, it was only an average of 5.7 pounds).
Although not noted in the study, it should be noted that regardless of the intervention you use to lose weight, if you stop this intervention, the weight you lost due to its effects may return. And so, while perhaps 335 minutes of weekly exercise for another bundle of months will lead to further loss, if you stop or reduce exercise so much, the weight you lose with him is likely to return.
Return to the title of this blog post. If you think the average person, living a real life, full of many anxieties, challenges and responsibilities, can find viable and steady over 300 minutes of weekly exercise, I would like to invite you first to win yourself, 3 weeks, like and for the majority of people out there, it's not even a realistically predetermined remote amount.
Instead of continuing to link exercise to weight and thus encouraging people to begin exercising in the name of weight loss, which in turn is likely to frustrate and stop the exercise if, while increasing the exercise in a more realistic way available, the focus must be shifted to the fact that exercise is undoubtedly the only hygienic modifiable behavior that can be taken, that any amount is amazing and that it is incredibly beneficial regardless of the whether or not the process was lost.
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