Exercise Can Make You Thin
Exercise is good. It is a principle that most people agree. It is good for permanent weight loss, accelerating the metabolism, burning calories, strengthening and sculpting muscles, keeping our bones strong and dense, reducing stress and releasing feel good hormones. However there are a few misinformed individuals at TIME magazine with a warped perception of what healthy really is. They even to go so far as to publish unenlighted information, “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin.”
John Cloud, a reporter for Time Magazine, and self proclaimed exercise geek, attempts to disregard the importance of the three cornerstones of health and fitness: education, fitness and nutrition. Mr. Cloud misinterprets the research released at the European Congress on Obesity in Amsterdam, where a team of researchers from Peninsula Medical school presented their discovery on energy expenditure with children ages 7 -11, across different socioeconomic backgrounds.
2. Energy In Energy Out. Keep it simple: You need to burn more calories than you consume to lose body fat. Regular exercise helps to keep calories in check and therefore helps to maintain a healthy weight range.
This is the area of concern in which Mr. Cloud further displays his lack of knowledge. His example of the “set point” theory as it was a theory to explain why repeated dieting was unsuccessful with long term in body composition. The “set point” is the only plausible theory to readjust the body's ability to increase the number of calories burned is sustained physical activity. The set point can keep weight fairly constant (stark contrast to his reference of increased obesity across the board: (children, adolescence and adults) and simultaneously pressures the conscious mind to change behavior. When a person’s weight is at set point is optimal for efficient activity and stable, optimistic moods. However, when a set point is driven to the lower end of the spectrum, depression and lethargy set in slowing a person down and reduces caloric expenditure, due to lack of movement, not the opposite.