by Maria's Last Diet
You want to lose weight, right? So, exercise, exercise, exercise, right?
Well, it’s not so clear-cut. It’s complicated and not a sure bet that exercise will directly help you lose the weight.
The current thinking is that exercise alone does not, in fact, help you lose weight. It’s far more likely that exercise will help you maintain a weight loss, once you have achieved it.
One of the reasons for this is that people tend to eat more when they exercise, in order to make up for the extra energy expenditure. Contributing to this is that exercise has a significant effect on appetite. Furthermore, this increased appetite from exercising seems to be at work specifically in women. This may be nature’s way of ensuring that women maintain enough energy stores for reproduction.
All of this is not to say that exercise doesn’t benefit you, as a woman, in many other health-related ways. But in order to lose weight, you will need to address your eating—and all the issues surrounding it. There’s no getting around it.
If you want to read more about the latest thinking on the effect of exercise on weight loss, go to The New York Times, April 12, 2010, "Weighing the Evidence on Exercise".