It has always been underlying knowledge in the natural health community that nutrition plays a bigger role in overall health than strenuous exercise, and now one team of British researchers is arguing that the feeling is in fact quite true.
In a recent edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the team of three authors has argued against the well promoted theory that “exercise plays the most important role in weight loss” is false.
The truth is, we could lift weights and run laps until we are heaping mess of sweat on the floor – which hundreds of thousands of people do every day – and still be overweight according to the researchers, if our diet isn’t up to a certain standard.
What’s more, without proper nutrition and eating habits, even someone who is viewed as aesthetically fit and who frequently exercises can still be incredibly unhealthy and over-stressed from exercise.
The authors argue in the editorial (based on several key studies) that the public at-large does not understand that maintaining a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates typically cannot be mitigated by frequent exercise.
They also argue that while exercise does contribute to a variety of health benefits, without restructuring your food intake to include proper nutrition, weight loss may not be one of them.
“Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%,” they write. “However, physical activity does not promote weight loss..”
The authors say that much of the public’s misconceptions on the importance of eating can be attributed to the food industry’s effective but misguided public relations efforts.
According to these authors a reboot of our understanding of health is desperately needed, and more importantly, the reboot needs to be headed by the food industry that helped cause the problem in the first place.
In the last 30 years, trends in exercise have not changed dramatically, although, obesity rates – along with many other diseases caused by overeating— are steadily rising.
According to the Lancet global burden of disease reports, “poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined.”
There is a fundamental flaw in the public’s belief that regular exercise is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This flaw can be seen in individuals with normal, or “healthy body weight compositions,” that still suffer or at risk of getting diseases typically associated with obesity.
The most troubling aspect of this issue is that many in the general public are duped into believing that by “counting calories” and “fitting macros,” along with constant exercise you will be perfectly healthy.
Although many in the scientific community are rallying agents, these facts are being drowned out by an avalanche of unhelpful and false information produced by the Food Industry’s Public Relations machine, which according to the authors published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine “uses tactics chillingly similar to those of big tobacco.”
The Truth About Weight Loss
The fact of the matter according to these researchers is that weight loss is not especially dependent on how much you work out but how much good nutrients you put in, and your ability to stay away from low quality food. Carbs, processed foods, GMO food, and especially refined sugar are among the worst culprits for weight gain.
Studies have also shown that gut bacteria plays a huge role, which is why we should do our best to eat more fermented foods as well as foods that contain prebiotics to fuel the “good” gut bacteria, such as bananas.
The body is a complex system designed to be trim, strong and fully functional when it has the right fuel, and the right raw building materials.
But as science is showing, exercise alone won’t do the trick.
And as the old saying goes, you simply “can’t outrun a bad diet.”
This article was submitted by Edgar Valderrama for AltHealthWORKS.com. For more articles like these (and a free eBook) you can join our email list here.