Why exercise will not make you thin
This was actually the title of a recent Time magazine article, which went on to describe their reasoning why exercise can make you fat. This article was written with the best intentions yet it avoids the obvious at every turn. Instead of questioning or even coming near the idea that widely held beliefs regarding calories, exercise and science are wrong: the fault of bad exercise results is laid at the feet of the exerciser.
The Time magazine article decides to take a position that if people exercise they just get hungrier and therefore get fatter from the extra food they are bound to eat.
Some studies are cited in the article where people exercised and did not lose weight. Some people in one experiment even gained weight after exercising several times per week for six months.
Yes, there are some people who exercise and do not lose weight. There are many who exercise, eat less and even gain weight. I see it all the time and I can tell you it has nothing to do with calories. It has to do with what people are placing in their mouth holes and not how much people are placing in.
Just this week I ran into a friend who started a new exercise routine at a private training studio. The vigorous form of exercise offered at the studio excited her and this was good, as that excitement increased her frequency of attendance. I completely endorse the style of exercise she was doing, as I do it myself. My friend also doesn’t consume excess calories and never has; yet she has always had trouble with her weight. Six weeks into her new exercise routine she finally asked what everyone else had been noticing, “ do you find I am getting bigger?” She was indeed getting bigger even though she was exercising more and eating the same or less. Here is why:
My friend has 30 years under her belt of placing things in her mouth that are not food. From baby formula ( when she was an infant) to ibuprofen, and from vodka coolers to French fries, most everything she places into her body is chemical. There are mountains of scientific evidence proving that many chemicals appear to trigger a weight-gain effect in the body. The body appears to know that diluted pollution is safer than concentrated pollution. The body is so afraid of coming into contact with concentrated toxins it appears to prefer staying big ( holding extra water and producing extra fat cells) because being bigger is just safer when polluted. All stressors appear to trigger this fat gaining/ water retaining protection mechanism.
My friend’s run-down body was over stressed to begin with, from the habit of using her mouth as a toxic waste dump. Her original chemical stress plus her new intense exercise stress combined into a huge stress tsunami on her body. Her original level of stress/ chemicals always made her gain weight. Extra stress ( even though it was exercise stress) made her gain even more. It is my guess that my friend will keep gaining until she eats real food and actually decreases the intensity of her exercise routine.
In cases like this, relaxation techniques need to take centre stage and the mouth hole needs to be used for eating real food and not chemicals, medications or other pollutants. Calories don’t play the role people believe in weight loss. It is too bad no one told that to Time magazine. E-mail me this week and I will not only register you for my free health blog but I will also forward you a diet that will help you lose weight by removing chemicals from your body.