Roy Janik (zinereem) wrote,
Roy Janik

diet vs exercise

Check this out:

CNN: Diet, Exercise Take off Equal Pounds, study finds

Nothing terribly shocking about that headline, but look at the "story highlights":

• Eating less, exercising more equally good at helping take off pounds, study finds
• Research adds to evidence that adding muscle mass does not boost metabolism
• Dieting alone also did not appear to cause loss of muscle mass along with fat

The second and third bullets pretty much fly in the face of what everyone's been saying for as long as I recall.

"'There is a concept that if you exercise, you are going to lose less of your muscle,' he said. But his team found no evidence this is true."

The text of the article more or less agrees with the basics of the Hacker's Diet. A calorie is a calorie, and the secret to weight loss is simply in maintaining a deficit of calories over time. That is, burn more than you take in.

The study still agrees that for best health, a combination of exercise and dieting might be the way to go. It's just that some of our assumptions might be wrong.

Tags: fitness
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