Does Exercise Help Lose Weight?

Does Exercise Help Lose Weight

Does Exercise Help Lose Weight? You would typically think…”Yes”…I mean, we have always been told that if you want to lose weight, you need to get out and start exercising. All the advertisements and trainers out there will tell you to get a good exercise program going…we’ve all heard it. However, these are people who benefit off you buying what they are selling. They know you will buy for weight-loss. The truth is that exercise will actually not help you lose weight, in fact it may make things worse!

Exercise Debunked

I’m not saying that you do not need exercise. Exercise does a multitude of things. It will bring better focus, heart health, and strength to the body…not to mention an improved sex life. However, when it comes to losing weight, it fails. Think about it! America has the highest obesity rate in the world, and yet no other nation’s people per capita workout and exercise as much as the average American. If exercise was the secret to weight-loss then the world would be obese and most Americans would look like Greek statues.

So Why Not Exercise

Exercising for strength and overall health is great. However, doing it for the sole purpose of losing weight is bad. Yes, when we workout we burn fat, and working out along with a planned diet geared to burning fat will increase your results. But make no mistake, you are receiving more benefits from your diet than your exercise routine. The Journal of The American Medical Association followed 34,000 women and discovered that the amount of calories burned within a half hour to even an hour period of a moderate workout routine were at best only enough to maintain current body weight. Many experts also say that after the workout there is also an issue as the body is now starving for food and nutrients. This often leads to over eating. Even if one did not overeat, the average meal would contain more calories than the workout routine burned. The common conclusion is that there is more benefit in an individuals diet than any workout routine they were on. Which makes sense as it is our eating that got us fat in the first place.

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You Are What You Eat

If you eat fatty foods you are going to store more fat and have less nutritional value per calorie. This leads to a slower metabolism, more food stored as fat, and ultimately increased weight. And lets be honest, it’s not the weight so much as what it is that is making you heavy…THE FAT. If we all gained 20 pounds of lean muscle, I don’t think anyone would be complaining and wanting to get rid of it. It’s the 20 pounds of fat we all want to get rid of.

The Solution

You have to start by taking a serious look at your diet and eat right. Start by getting rid of all the bad carbs. I’m talking about all those sugary snacks and soft drinks in your diet. Ease a little on the coffee if possible, and eliminate juice and soda and replace it with water. Get rid of all those chips, crackers, breads, pastas, and cereals too. All of these things are what raises your sugar and insulin levels making it hard to burn the fat. Remember, that if you haven’t already planned your meals and what you are going to eat before starting your day, you already have failed. Your healthy diet needs to be pre-planned and ready to go, and it should become a habitual routine. This diet routine should become foundational before concerning yourself with any exercise routine. To find out about more foods that are amazing at burning fat, check out my post Foods That Burn Fat Fast. If you would like to get into a great and effective diet plan geared to melting off fat now, just Click Here and you will get off on the right track!

Next, exercise is still a benefit, but should not be used solely to lose weight. If you workout–do it smart. Do high intensity workouts that allow you to burn calories and fat fast, but in less time. Understand, that working out will bring firm muscles and maintain current weight, but no regimen of sit-ups or walking will get you six-pack abs. If you would like to get a start in a great high intensity workout routine, I have one in my post The Best Exercises To Lose Belly Fat. For any questions or further advice and tips, feel free to comment below.


  1. I found this information very interesting and understood the reason behind why you said exercise is not the only factor involved. And the part about the body starving for food and nutrients got me thinking. It’s true, you do get hungry after exercise and I think the danger too, is that you happily eat cake – because you have just exercised. I read your post on foods that burn fat, I will keep this in mind and feed my body correctly. Thanks for the info! 🙂

    • You did hit one of the big issues outside of the physical issues. It’s also a big psychological problem, because after a good workout or a couple weeks of hitting the gym that little voice in the back of their head starts to get louder. You begin to justify binge eating or breaking the diet with feeling that you work out and have been really good so it’s okay. However, it’s really not and is what causes people to backslide.

  2. I think most of us are eating the wrong foods at the wrong time of day Bruce. There’s an old saying: eat like a king in the morning, a prince mid-day and a pauper at night to ensure we burn away all the calories as we work our way through the day however most of our problems relate to eating the wrong types of food like & takeaways late on an evening and not burning it away, hence the reason most of us are creating a spare tyre around our belly.

    We’ve been guilty of this too but like you mention here, we’re trying to eat more healthier nowadays without the high calorie intake meanwhile go for walks and the odd swimming session each week to keep everything moving.
    So I agree with you, it’s not the exercise that shifts the weight, it’s what we eat that’s the problem,

    • You are right on Simon. One of the thinks I mention in my Skinny Nut page is the need to time your meals and quantities appropriately. Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day and sets the bar for the rest of the day. Do it wrong and it falls down like a house of cards. It really should be your biggest and most nutritious meal.

  3. Agreed! You can’t just exercise to lose weight. It merely just part of the picture. Eating right is a huge key component. Binge eating and then exercising, not so good 🙂 Everyone now and then I will put in a really extra hard workout to counterbalance a huge dinner out 🙂 But it is not a habit. Great information!

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