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Use this easy trick to burn belly fat without sit ups.

Dec. 1, 2015|391 views
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I have some good news and some bad news regarding exercise. It’s great for improving everything from longterm health, to mood, to physical fitness. It will probably even boost your sex life, and you’re likely to sleep better. But it’s not the key to weight loss. In fact, despite what most of us have believed for a long time, exercise does not lead to significant weight loss at all. On the contrary, say researchers from Loyola University Health System, exercise boosts appetite, and most people simply increase their calorie intake in response, offsetting any potential weight loss benefits.

The key remains calorie restriction. In other words, you’ve still got to cut calories to lose weight. That’s right. Forget about swimming an hour to “burn off” that doughnut. It simply doesn’t happen. That’s not to say swimming for an hour isn’t remarkably good for you. It is. But don’t expect that doing so will contribute significantly to any effort on your part to lose weight. For that, you’ll need to skip that doughnut altogether. And doing so will remain challenging, especially after you’ve made yourself ravenous by swimming for an hour.

"Physical activity is crucially important for improving overall health and fitness levels, but there is limited evidence to suggest that it can blunt the surge in obesity," Richard S. Cooper, MD and Amy Luke, PhD wrote, in the International Journal of Epidemiology. "This crucial part of the public health message is not appreciated in recommendations to be more active, walk up stairs and eat more fruits and vegetables," Drs. Cooper and Luke said. "The prescription needs to be precise: There is only one effective way to lose weight—eat fewer calories.”

This research is extremely timely. Recently, the multi-billion dollar beverage industry launched a public relations campaign attempting to reverse a slump in sales by suggesting that customers don’t need to worry about drinking sugar so much, if they’ll only exercise more. This research shows they’re dead wrong about that assertion. "While physical activity has many benefits, multiple lines of evidence lead to the conclusion that an increase in physical activity is offset by an increase in calorie intake, unless conscious effort is made to limit that compensatory response," Drs. Cooper and Luke said.

My easy trick is to make sure you have a power protein packed smoothie after your workout!  Try this recipe:

Cranberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie 


 

INGREDIENTS


2 cups fresh kale
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice, unsweetened*
1/2 cup water
2 bananas
1 scoop of Dr. Coco Chocolate protein powder

DIRECTIONS


1. Blend kale, cranberry juice, and water until smooth.

2. Next add the remaining ingredients and blend again.

* Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold.

 

 

A. Luke, R. S. Cooper. Physical activity does not influence obesity risk: time to clarify the public health message. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2014; 42 (6): 1831 DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyt159

 

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