New study shifts weight management focus onto diet
If you're focusing your weight management on burning calories, you may be in for a rude awakening. A recent study from the journal Current Biology discovered that humans may have a cut-off point of how many calories they can actually burn.
The study observed 332 adults in the United States, Jamaica and Africa who ranged from sedentary to active, using a Fitbit-like device to measure their activity levels for seven days and also determining how many calories they burned over the study period. The results showed that the participants who engaged in more physical activity did burn more calories, but they also hit a plateau. Among the physically active participants, the more active people did not burn more calories than those who were comparatively less active.
The study also explained that our body needs a certain amount of calories to function, which could likely explain why there is a plateau. The study showed that not everyone has the same cut-off point, too. Factors like body fat, metabolism, hormone levels, muscle mass and genetic differences play a role.
While this seems like bad news for anyone planning a weight loss regimen, the contrary is true. This just means the message that "exercising and burning calories" is the best way to lose weight isn't so accurate. Herman Pontzer, an associate professor of anthropology at Hunter College and lead author of the study, explained that these results suggest shifting the focus to other factors.
"We would say that 'If you want to lose weight, you probably ought to focus on changing your diet and watching how much you eat,'" Pontzer told CNN. "Exercise can help and it's really important [for health in general], but they are two different tools."
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