Exercise alone does not achieve weight loss

Exercise alone does not achieve weight loss

The researchers also found that women who were overweight or obese experienced changes to appetite hormones that were associated with increased hunger. The researchers also found that women who were overweight or obese experienced changes to appetite hormones that were associated with increased hunger.

Researchers at Bangor University in the United Kingdom found that women who engaged in exercise classes three times per week for 4 or 8 weeks but who did not change their diets — failed to lose any weight.

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Study co-author Dr. Hans-Peter, of the School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences at Bangor University, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

The study involved two experiments. For the first experiment, 34 women aged 18 to 32 years took part in a circuit exercise training session three times per week for a total of 4 weeks.

The second experiment included 36 women of the same age group, all of whom took part in the same training sessions, but for a total of 8 weeks.

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At the beginning and end of each experiment, the weight, muscle, and fat mass of each woman were measured.

Blood samples were also taken from the participants, which allowed the team to measure levels of appetite hormones, including insulin, lepton, Hamlin, hireling, and peptide. Such hormones can influence feelings of hunger and food intake.

The aim of this study was to determine whether or not exercise alone would lead to weight loss in the women, but the subjects were not informed of this. Instead, they were told that the study would assess the effects of exercise on cognition and cardio-respiratory fitness. Dr.  kubis says that this was to avoid potential bias.

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“When people take up exercise, they often restrict their diet — consciously or unconsciously — and this can mask the effects of the exercise,” he explains.

The researchers also found that women who were overweight or obese experienced changes to appetite hormones that were associated with increased hunger. The team says that this may partly explain why exercise alone may not lead to weight loss

“Our body system is so well regulated, that it always finds a way to compensate for a loss in energy after exercise,” says Dr. Kubis.”Whether they are aware of it or not, someone undertaking more physical activity or exercise may experience increased appetite as a result, and this makes it difficult for people to achieve their goals.”

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That said, Dr. Kubis notes that when it comes to the benefits of exercise, weigh loss should not be the main focus.

“Knowing how much fat and muscle we have in our body is much more important than knowing how much we weigh,” he says. “When we focus on weight alone, we miss the improvements achieved via exercise training.”

“Seeing no change on [the] scales may be enough to make people give up on their exercise training, not realizing that they have actually improved their body by gaining muscle mass.”He adds that gyms and other exercise facilities should incorporate more equipment that focuses on improving body composition.

Exercise alone does not achieve weight loss 

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