Does Exercise Help You Lose Weight? The Surprising Truth

Does Exercise Help You Lose Weight The Surprising Truth

Did you know that doctors and researchers now accept that exercise doesn’t help you lose weight? This is a significant change from the advice that everyone, from fitness gurus to the NHS, has been giving out for years. You were supposed to exercise more and eat less, and the two always went together.

Only we now know that the advice wasn’t based on evidence. The push to ensure that all medical information is evidence-based has overturned quite a few accepted truths, but none so entrenched as the “diet and exercise” mantra. Even NHS websites contradict each other, with the ones that have recently been updated giving the new message that only controlling your calorie intake will help you lose weight.

That doesn’t mean that exercise isn’t good for your health – it’s one of the key ways to ward off type 2 diabetes. But it does mean that if you want to lose pounds, going to the gym for an hour and then coming home and over-eating is not a sensible way to go about it.

The Weight Reduction And Regain Rollercoaster

There are several reasons why exercise won’t make us any slimmer in the long term.

One is that extreme and exhausting exercise regimes allow us to continue eating higher levels of calories, when in fact we need to be cutting down on portion sizes. Then when the weather means we don’t want to exercise, or we can’t afford to renew our gym membership, we haven’t changed any of the habits that made us overweight in the first place, and the pounds are soon piling back on.

We now know that it takes about a year after a significant weight loss, for the body to settle down and stop thinking it’s been hit by a major famine and needs to eat everything in sight.

What’s important, therefore, is increased exercise as part of a daily routine that you don’t even think about, like getting off the bus a stop earlier, or walking for short trips when you’d usually use the car. Things that you are likely to continue after the “diet” regime is over. Same with the changes to eating patterns – you need to make changes that you can live with forever. Otherwise, you’ll never get off the weight loss rollercoaster.

The Body Adapts To Extreme Exercise

Among the many studies that have shown no link between exercise and weight loss, some have also pointed out a possible negative role for excessive exercise. As we know, when the body feels threatened it tends to act to protect itself. And when extreme exercise is experienced, the body may make adjustments elsewhere, reducing how many calories it uses for other activities. So it’s possible your resting calorie consumption may fall, counteracting all that effort jogging around the park.

Exercise Is Still Vital For Our Health

Don’t give up exercise because of these findings. It is the most important activity we can do to maintain our health and cut the risk of stroke, heart attack, dementia and a myriad of other diseases. Just don’t expect it to take the weight off – you’ll need to restrict calories to do that.

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Bohns syn free rubs & spices | Review

Bohns rubs review

Just one of the great things about Slimming World is the fact I can eat as much lean meat as I like, and not have to worry about counting syns on it. Some ready prepared meats with flavourings are synnable (yes, that is a word in SW vocabulary) so I try to buy it plain and add my own syn free flavourings. Whether it be a pre-prepared spice mix or I mix my own; but recently I was sent some rubs & spices to try from Bohns. They are all syn free too which is great news for Slimming World followers!

Thomas Bohn has been on a quest across the globe and back in a search for the perfect mix of spices and seasoning able to elevate taste to new heights.

He left a boy and came back a man, a slightly heavier man full of the tastes of the finest slow cooked BBQ’s from the land of stars and stripes. Here he discovered the secrets to rubbing butt’s and adding spice to his life and his cooking.

In his experiences, the tastiest and most succulent meat is produced from slow cooking methods with spices, sauces and marinades generously applied giving taste sensations we only seem to experience in restaurants.

Now armed with these recipes learnt on the road and honed in the kitchen, Thomas Bohn brings you a range of rubs and spices guaranteed to add new dimensions to your meats, sauces, vegetables and dips.
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Musings of a Slimming World target member | #1

Musings of a Slimming World target member #1

It’s been a few months now since I reached target; just over three of them, in fact. It does actually feel like it’s been longer to be honest. I haven’t shared an update since becoming a target member so I thought it was about time I got my thoughts down on paper; well, virtual paper! I was going to say, I can’t remember the last time I went to weigh in dreading getting on the scales, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. The truth is, I’ve been really struggling for most of the year already, and it’s almost March! Read more

New Year Health on a Budget

New Year Health on a Budget

January; the most popular month of the year for people to decide they want to lose weight, or to get a bit fitter and healthier. I certainly know that was the case for me a couple of years ago when I decided to join Slimming World; but, my main focus at that time was just to lose weight.

During my weight loss journey I haven’t really exercised; with the exception of taking up running for a few weeks and then life got in the way, and I haven’t really done any since. This year though, I want to focus on getting fitter. I pretty much have the healthy eating down to a tee now; most of the time, anyway! We all want need to let go once in a while, right? Read more

Children’s healthy (and favourite) breakfasts

Children's healthy (and favourite) breakfasts

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Worryingly, children’s breakfasts contain at least half of their recommended daily sugar intake according to Public Health England; that’s before school has even started! Breakfast manufacturers use a combination of sugar and clever marketing to keep enticing children and parents back to their brands, and often under the illusion that their breakfast products are healthy. A survey found that 84% of parents thought they were giving their children a healthy start to the day.

Nearly 20% of children are obese by the time they leave primary school, and 25% of five year olds have tooth decay. A lot of this is due to sugar. A survey of 200 parents with children aged between four and 10 years old found kids were eating more than 11g sugar (3 sugar cubes) for breakfast. It’s not just cereals (some contain up to equivalent of two sugar cubes); chocolate spread (three sugar cubes) and fruit juices (five sugar cubes) are also culprits. Read more

Slimming World weigh in – the first post target one…

weekly weigh in

I think last week’s weigh in had to be my favourite one ever; I reached target! It took a few days for it to sink in, but I didn’t really go overboard in celebration like I might have expected to… In actual fact, I was still on plan for most of the week. I did have a Subway for lunch on the day of weigh in, but it was the first thing I’d really had off plan.

I don’t usually eat heavily on a weigh in day, but I decided that I had my target range to ‘play’ with, so it didn’t matter so much. Of course, it doesn’t mean I should do it all of the time, which I won’t; I just won’t restrict myself so much on a weigh day any more!
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Slimming World weigh in – the one where I reach target…

weekly weigh in

Last week I had fairly mixed emotions after my weigh in. On the one hand. I was happy because I had another good loss of 2lb; on the other hand, I was a little frustrated because I only had that half a pound left to reach my target. I didn’t let it put me off though; if anything, it made me just that little bit more determined! I’ve had plenty of half pound losses before, so surely I could do it this week?

I was on plan for most of the week. In fact, I guess I was on it all week. With it being Children in Need last Friday, we usually have some nibbles to watch it with but I did plan ahead and made some low syn sausage rolls, some syn free hummus to have with veg sticks, some low syn mince pies, and some of those mini cheese squares that are half a syn each.
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Slimming World weigh in – the one where I’m almost there…

weekly weigh in

Last week I was pretty happy with my loss of 2lb; it meant I only had 2.5lb to go until target, and I was hoping to get it this week. My head has been really in it and I was so determined to stay on plan. Honestly, some days all I wanted to do was eat chocolate and cake, and I almost caved… But I stayed strong and didn’t! I went for fruit and yogurt or fromage frais instead, maybe some Choc Shot for that chocolate hit.

I haven’t done any EESP days again this week, but I have eaten a lot more speed food than usual. Berries with my breakfast, speedy soups for lunches, and crispy kale or butternut squash chips with dinners. My syns have stayed around 10 every day, which also gives that little bit of room for anything I may have forgotten (though I’m getting pretty good at keeping a mental food and syn diary now!).

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Slimming World weigh in – the one with the lowest, again…

weekly weigh in

I was a bit disappointed after last week’s weigh in when I only lost half a pound. I was determined to have a loss this week so I had my game head on and vowed to plan for the week ahead. It kind of happened, as I did start writing a meal plan; but I only managed to put 3 things on it and it’s still sat on my kitchen counter. Oops.

Anyway, I did manage to stay on plan all week, even at the weekend for Bonfire Night. We went to a display but we ate before we left, so I had low syn hot dogs using my HEB, and jacket potatoes. Even a little bit of planning does help. I even managed chocolate apples by cutting an apple into thick slices then coating them in a little chocolate spread from my last Degustabox!

It’s been the first time in a few weeks that I haven’t had any EESP days before weigh in either, so I wasn’t expecting to do so good this week. Even though it’s not really made much difference previously, to be honest.

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Slimming World weigh in – the one with another award…

weekly weigh in

After my gain at weigh in last week I was really annoyed with myself. It’s always after I have started heading down that slippery slope though, and never during; when I could grab myself and be able to stop it. Nontheless, I started the new week feeling (kind of) positive. I was still feeling a bit low, but I decided that I would try to be more on plan. And I was, mostly.

Though, I may have gone over my syns ever so slightly a few days. And we went to a Halloween party on Saturday where I had a couple of glasses of wine and some party food. But on Sunday I was straight onto EESP and kept my syns as low as possible, like I usually do.
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