Exercise won’t make you lose weight

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According to this TIME article,

The basic problem is that while it’s true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.

Demoralizing isn’t it? The article cites research that show how vigorous physical activity often makes one excessively hungry and sedentary for the rest of the day, leading to over compensation (i.e. we lose 50 calories during the workout but end up eating 500 calories to ‘reward’ ourselves).

Well they’re not saying exercise itself is useless, but rather…

The problem ultimately is about not exercise itself but the way we’ve come to define it. Many obesity researchers now believe that very frequent, low-level physical activity — the kind humans did for tens of thousands of years before the leaf blower was invented — may actually work better for us than the occasional bouts of exercise you get as a gym rat.

What rhetorical device is employed in the idea that exercise may be ‘making (losing weight) harder’? Can you explain why?

Think further: Is the article simply saying exercise is bad? What is the essential qualifier used to sharpen the argument? How would qualifications like these help you in writing better theses for your essays?

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2 thoughts on “Exercise won’t make you lose weight

  1. I really hate the concept of ‘exercise to lose weight!’ This is just ridiculous.

    I totally disagree with the article’s view that ‘Exercise is bad’. We need to make clear that what is the real goal of exercising. For me, it’s nothing less to be healthy and keep fit. Maybe if you play football, then you will have another goal which is to have fun with your friends.

    Losing weight does not mean ‘healthy’. Sadly, a lot of people are getting the wrong idea. It doesn’t matter if you weigh 100 kgs, but you stay fit, active, and healthy!

  2. I disagree with the author’s view saying that exercise may actually make it harder for us to lose weight. The main aim of exercising is to help you keep fit and healthy as during exercise, your blood circulates which allows your body to operate optimally. Exercising is something necessary and it does help you lose weight if you do not overdo it and does it consistently. Becoming excessively hungry happens when you push yourself over the limit, causing your body to exert too much energy, resulting in an ‘energy debt’. Thus i think that the problem is with the way you are exercising and how you interpret ‘exercise’. As long as you define it correctly, exercising is bound to bring you more advantage, like helping you lose weight, then disadvantage.

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