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Exercise Alone May Not Lead to Weight Loss

Many of us tend to believe that more exercise is better for burning calories and weight loss. However, this is not the case according to a new study published in Current Biology.

Exercise May Not Lead to Weight Loss

Exercising more than average may not help you lose weight, according to new study. Photo by Women’s Health Magazine

According to researchers, when we increase our exercise regimen our bodies adapt to the energy expenditure which causes us to reach a plateau. This means there is a limit to the amount of calories we can burn through exercise. This study is not to discourage exercise which is essential to keeping your mind and body healthy, but to shed light on how important dieting is for losing weight.

Lead researcher Herman Pontzer, PhD, a professor of anthropology at City University of New York, and Edward L Melanson, PhD, an associated professor in the division of endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Auroro measured the daily activity of more than 300 men and women. They came from the U.S., Africa and Jamaica. People in some of those countries are usually more active physically than many Americans.

Although they did not track whether the people lost weight or gained, they had a record of their body mass index (BMI) and calculated their calorie burning for 7 days. As people got more exercise, the calories burned did not rise very much. People who had average physical activity lost about 200 more calories than those who were inactive. Unfortunately, those who exercised more than the average saw no change in the amount of calories burned.

According to Pontzer, moderate exercisers are active “but not serious athletes”. For example, someone who rides a bike to work or walks a couple of miles each day. Although this study did not focus on the role of exercise in weight loss, Pontzer does mention that diet and exercise work together as an effective fat loss strategy.

This study seems to point out that the obesity epidemic may be caused by overeating rather than inactivity. I have always heard the saying that “abs start in the kitchen” so I understand how important diet is already. I also understand how over working out at the gym is not effective as well. Pontzer says that our body adapts to our exercise routine if we are more active which creates an energy expenditure plateau. This is why many people wonder why they workout at the gym for hours every day and see no weight loss results.

The researchers believe that our body has a “sweet spot”, a point at which the calories burned during workouts peak. The way to find it is to pay attention to your body, Pontzer says. If you feel worn out and need more time to recover from exercise, you may be over doing it and need to work out less.

To say the least, diet should be the first step in weight loss but exercise must be included as well for preventing diabetes, stress, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Pontzer, Herman et al. “Constrained Total Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Adaptation to Physical Activity in Adult Humans” Current Biology 28 January 2016

Prevent Weight Gain With Inulin Propionate Ingredient

Researchers at Imperial College and the University of Glasgow discovered that this newly-developed ingredient is effective at preventing weight gain and fat loss in obese individuals. This ingredient contains propionate, which stimulates the gut to release hormones that act on the brain to stop hunger (Wong 2014). Now, individuals who are struggling to lose weight can take advantage of this new ingredient by feeling fuller longer and reducing calories.

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Prevent weight gain with inulin-propionate ingredient, a dietary fiber. ClipArt photo

Propionate is naturally produced when dietary fiber is fermented by microbes in the belly, but the new ingredient, called inulin-propionate Este (IPE), provides much bigger quantities of propionate than individuals can consume with a normal diet (Wong 2014). With these larger amounts of produced propionate, people can reduce hunger because this ingredient acts as an appetite suppressant to make you feel fuller.

To begin with, twenty individuals were given either inulin or IPE, a dietary fiber, and were allowed to eat as much as they wanted from a buffet. How does that sound, being able to eat all you can eat? The volunteers who were given IPE ate 14% less on average, and had higher concentrations of appetite-reducing hormones in their blood (Wong 2014). This means that if you were to take a dose of IPE and eat at a buffet, your appetite or the amount of food you eat can be reduced by 14 percent. This is a great ingredient that can help you feel fuller longer and lose weight by staying away from the buffet line.

Next, sixty overweight individuals participated in a 24-week study in which half were issued IPE as a powder to add to their food and the other half given inulin. One out of 25 participants issued IPE who finished the study gained more than 3 percent of their body weight, compared to 6 out of 24 given inulin (Wong 2014). Surprisingly, none of the IPE group members gained more than 5% of their body weight, compared with 4 in the inulin group. Also, the IPE group had less fat in their abdomens and livers compared with the inulin group after 24 weeks.

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Feel fuller with inulin-propionate that acts an appetite suppressant to help you burn calories. ClipArt photo

Professor Gary Frost, who led the study at the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, said “Molecules like propionate stimulate the release of gut hormones that control appetite, but you must eat huge quantities of fiber to accomplish a strong effect.” Frost says that this small, proof-of-principle study demonstrates encouraging signs that supplementing one’s diet with the ingredient they’ve developed prevents weight gain in overweight individuals (Wong 2014). “You need to eat it regularly to have an effect. We’re exploring what kinds of foods it could be added to, but something like bread or fruit smoothies might work well” says Frost.

To say the least, this newly-developed ingredient (IPE), can be a real breakthrough for weight loss if combined with daily physical activity. This is new inulin-propionate may be all you need when it comes to an appetite suppressant and an effective tool to burn calories fast for weight loss. If you are new to losing weight you should consult your doctor or physician before making any unusual physical or diet changes. My goal is to help all men and women lose weight and improve their health so hopefully this new inulin-propionate (IPE) ingredient developed by scientists is really effective in reducing your hunger and preventing weight gain.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor and Internet Marketer

Source: Wong, S. “Scientists create food ingredient that will make you feel fuller” 10 December 2014 Imperial College London