The fitness industry has been growing faster and faster and is stronger than it ever has been. With health clubs in the US making 22.4 billion in 2013, they have continued to stay strong even now.
But from these health clubs, one other thing that has been spiking up is the sales of fitness trackers which have been a craze for many people lately.
The reason for that spike is the sheer fact that two out three adults in the US are obese or overweight. Furthermore there has been no effort at all in dropping that rate since 1980.
That’s right, for over 30 years, Americans’ waistline has been expanding and there hasn’t been a strong urge to change that. But now that it has, people have started to rely far too much on exercise.
We hate to burst your bubble, however no matter how many gyms you go to or how often you sport that Fitbit, exercise isn’t enough for you to lose weight.
Fear not though, below we explain the main problem, but also why it is and what you can do about it.
The Ins and Outs Of Exercising
Over the years there have been a number of studies looking into the rise of exercise as well as obesity. For Americans, there was a study that looked at millions of American adults between the years 2001 and 2009. They focused on countries in Kentucky, Florida and Georgia. Although there was a rise in exercise, that rise was also met with a sizeable increase of obesity in those countries.
The reason that happened is in part due to the misconception of working out. It’s true that exercise obviously burns calories, however it also stimulates appetite too.
It’s in this area where several problems stem from.
Firstly, because people are hungrier and they just spent energy burning calories, they presume that they can get away with eating more food. The problem comes in the form that people overestimate just how much calories are burned and how quickly that can be gained back.
For example, if you went for a walk for over 45 minutes you’d burn roughly 300 calories. The thing is, you can gain those calories all back by eating a few cookies.
The second issue is that people believe that doing more physical activity actually speeds up our metabolism. That statement is exaggerated as a 2012 study reviewed two groups of people: average Westerners and the hunter-gatherer tribe in Tanzania. The study concluded that regardless of the lifestyles of both groups, their metabolic rates were all similar.
In fact, there was a review in 2013 that concluded that our metabolic rates drop as people lose more and more weight despite how much daily exercise they do.
In the end people are consuming more calories under the notion that they are burning a lot of calories and that their metabolism will burn the excess eventually. That’s simply not true as mentioned above.
Furthermore people are putting particular foods in their body that don’t help them at all. For example, many, despite exercising, opt for calories from sugary foods which have only been on the rise from sodas as well as sugary treats for people.
Because of these misconceptions, people are not getting any better despite their efforts. But these problems alone aren’t reasons to despair or turn in your gym card. What is more important now is to be informed and to make active changes.
The first step is to continue doing daily exercising, however paying close attention to what you are eating and to cut back on your meals as well.