Exercise (not weight loss) can make you healthier
New study points out that losing weight may not make you healthier, but exercise
A new study further proves that body mass index (BMI) can throw off a cliff. Joke! (Type of). New obesity treatment study has found that losing weight is not the best indicator of good health and that the best thing a person can do for their health is physical activity and exercise regular.
The research, published in the journal iScience, wanted to study a “weightless” approach to treating obesity, focusing instead on the effects of exercise – both strength training and aerobic activities that benefit heart health – as opposed to treatments which focus almost exclusively on weight loss – which is the current popular approach.
All signs point to exercise (versus weight loss) for healthy living.
The researchers found that “many health problems related to obesity are more likely to be attributed to low [exercise] rather than obesity per se. The study also found that physical activity sometimes eliminated the increased risk of mortality associated with obesity and found overall that increased exercise is consistently associated with greater reduction in risk of all. types of deaths versus groups that focused solely on weight loss. In addition (also!) “The improvements in the main markers of cardiometabolic risk with physical training are comparable to those associated with the weight loss generally obtained by calorie restriction”.
The point is, exercise is a better indicator of health than weight alone. “We would like people to know that fat can be fit and that fit and healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes,” said researcher Glenn Gaesser, College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. , in a press release (via HuffPo).
Treatment of obesity: weight loss versus increasing fitness and physical activity to reduce health risks
– Christoph Burch (@ChristophBurch) 12 October 2021
Researchers were inspired to examine the benefits of exercise over weight loss, as the prevalence of obesity in the United States increased over the same time period as the prevalence of dieting. This has led researchers to wonder if weight loss diets are really helpful after all.
“The emphasis on weight loss has not prevented excessive weight gain in recent decades,” the study said. “Additionally, repeated weight loss efforts can contribute to weight gain and is undoubtedly associated with the high prevalence of weight cycling, which is associated with significant health risks.”
So how much exercise is needed, really?
Through The Huffington Post, “The CDC recommends that adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week – as well as at least two days per week of muscle-building activity.” The CDC states that walking your dog or vacuuming the house counts as “moderate-intensity aerobic activity” and that gardening or pushing a stroller counts as “strengthening activities.”
“We’re not necessarily against weight loss,” Gaesser said. “We just think that shouldn’t be the primary yardstick for judging the success of a lifestyle intervention program.”