Exercise won’t help you lose weight

A recent UK study examining the role of exercise on weight loss is finally making its way across the pond. It illustrates that you can’t out run a bad diet.

Most mainstream experts promote the myth that you can just “burn off” excess calories with more and more exercise. Some even boast you can eat all the sugar you want just by “balancing calories” with more exercise.

However, as I expose in this month’s issue of my Insiders’ Cures newsletter, no amount of healthy exercise can counter the toxic metabolic effects of sugar, let alone the extra, empty calories. So — if you consume sugar-laden “sports” beverages while exercising you’re like a hamster on a treadmill. And you won’t make any real progress on your health, or your weight.

For this new study, UK doctors investigated whether sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercise cause obesity.

They found that physical activity helps reduce the risk of heart disease, dementia, certain cancers, and other chronic conditions. But it does not promote weight loss. Instead, diet is key.

The UK doctors accused the big food and beverage industry of wrongly emphasizing physical activity and sports as ways to prevent obesity.

Exercise myth promotes obesity

The UK doctors wrote: “Members of the public are drowned by an unhelpful message about maintaining a healthy weight through calorie counting, and many still wrongly believe that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise. This false perception is rooted in the food industry’s public relations machinery…confusing the public and even buying the loyalty of bent scientists, at the cost of millions of lives…You cannot outrun a bad diet.”

But you can out run yourself into joint, heart and kidney damage, as I explained earlier this week, thinking that more and more exercise is the answer.

As I have reported before, “calorie counting” weight loss programs don’t work. Instead, the UK doctors reiterated my long-term advice that effective, long-term weight loss involves adopting a high-fat diet, low in sugar and carbs. Amazingly, they said this dietary advice challenges “conventional wisdom.” If so — conventional wisdom has not been paying attention to the science!

Furthermore, they said athletes and non-athletes who undertake exercise should ditch the widely accepted practice of “carb loading” and instead eat more fat. They wrote, “fat appears to be the ideal fuel for most exercise. It is abundant, does not need replacement or supplementation during exercise, and can fuel forms of exercise in which most people can participate.”

They also indicted food industries and celebrities who promote sugary drinks. And they urged gyms and health clubs to stop selling the exercise cure-all to unsuspecting patrons.

I have a better idea. Avoid these stinky, unhealthy, ill-lit gyms and get your healthy exercise outdoors. This weekend would be an excellent time to get started.



“It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet,” Br J Sports Med 2015;49:967-968