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.

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