The Lies of Exercise

By Sara Story - email

Gym members beware. According to this week's TIME Magazine cover story, rigorous exercise may not make you thin.

Josh Hill was the quarterback for Robert E. Lee High School in 2004 when the Red Raiders won the state title. This high school hero says he found it hard to stay in shape when his glory days ended.

"Once I quit playing sports, I got about fifty pounds heavier," said Josh.

Josh started working out five days a week, but was not shedding the weight.

"I was gaining the muscle, but without eating right, I wasn't losing the body fat I wanted to lose."

The harder he worked, the more calories he burned, and the more he ate.

"The problem as shown by some recent studies, is people get hungrier," said Dr. David DiPaulo, a Physician and Lifestyle Consultant for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

According to the International Journal of Obesity, rigourous activity will not necessarily cause weight loss. Dr. DiPaulo says it is all about energy balance and a healthy diet.

"You have to match the amount of calories you take in with the amount you are burning," he said.

Personal trainer Ross Campbell agrees. "I have been here for over three years. I see the same people in the gym. Some get results and some don't. The majority of that has to do with their diet," said Campbell.

Experts say this doesn't mean to not exercise at all, the solution is simple.

"Successful weight loss is really three elements. It's restricting your calories, watching what you eat, being physically active, and it is also important to make lifestyle changes," said DiPaulo.

"Exercise alone won't make you thin," added Campbell.

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