For someone who doesn’t particularly like exercise, this article really makes my day.
It also helps to explain why I was able to lose 80 lbs without exercising. That’s not supposed to happen.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s not that I think exercise is bad – I personally would like to like exercise – I think I would benefit from the strength, flexibility and wind it could give me – but I wouldn’t do it thinking I’m going to lose weight because of it.
I’m not even going to try to condense the points Gary Taubs makes in his article – how exercise increases hunger and how our bodies resist losing weight from exercising – read the article. My point is: exercise if you can. Understand how it can help – and hurt – your weight-loss goals, and don’t try to connect your movements in the gym with movement of your scale. If you do that, you’ll only get frustrated and conclude you are getting nothing from exercise when you are really doing a lot of good things to your body. It’s just weight loss might not be one of them.