How many times have you said or heard another woman say “I can’t lose weight if I don’t exercise.”
What if you were to learn that “You won’t lose weight if you do exercise?” This idea goes against the unarguable fact that there is a calories-out side to weight loss. The calorie-out side is embodied in the Exercise part of the familiar formula: Weight Loss = Diet + Exercise. Not only is it common knowledge that if you want to lose weight, you must exercise, but it also the word of weight-loss pundits everywhere.
Well, hold up a moment and check out a 2012 review of the exercise research that found only a small amount of weight was lost as a result of exercising. After careful analysis the researchers attributed the small amount of weight lost to low levels of exercise and the increase in calorie intake that resulted from exercising.
So what this means is that if you want to lose weight by exercising, you will have to exercise a lot and more vigorously and at the same time somehow not compensate for calories lost through exercising by increasing your calorie intake.
If this is the case, why not simply concentrate your efforts on the calorie-in side of the weight-loss equation? Deal more specifically with the amount and kind of food you eat and with your personal reasons for eating and gaining weight the way you have been. You should probably also limit your reliance on exercise, making sure it is not your primary means of weight loss.