Another day, another sure fire way to lose weight. And even if it works, the likelihood that you will keep the pounds off – well let’s just say it’s close to non-existent. That is the way most folks who live the diet yo-yo tell their story. The latest craze whether it’s Atkins, South Beach or Paleo is a success, pounds drop off and then eventually they creep back on. Sometimes the scale tips even higher than before they went on the diet.

Your doctor will tell you to skip all the fad diets that the solution is to exercise and to eat fewer calories than you burn. Unfortunately, research is proving that it is just not so.

According to Vox,

The most intriguing theories about why exercise isn’t great for weight loss describe changes in how our bodies regulate energy after exercise.

Researchers have discovered a phenomenon called “metabolic compensation.”

“The more you stress your body, we think there are changes physiologically — compensatory mechanisms that change given the level of exercise you’re pushing yourself at,” said Loyola University exercise physiologist Lara Dugas. In other words, our bodies may actively fight our efforts to lose weight.

This effect has been well documented, though it may not be the same for everyone.

What is the answer? There are still many unanswered questions as to how the body responds to exercise in relation to weight. There is no question that exercise is an important component of staying healthy and active, but it is not the key to weight loss.

Read more at Vox

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