Interestingly, an article published recently on the New York Times claims that exercise is not the best way to lose weight though it is beneficial. The opinion in the article is so unique especially under a situation where people believe doing exercises is the best way to lose weight and keep healthy.
In the article, it represents that the calorie consumption of exercise is lower than many people think. Thirty-minute jogging or swimming laps may only burn off 350 calories. However, most people are not able to keep doing exercise regimen more than 30 minutes consecutively. As a result, the calorie burned by doing sports is not that many as what people think. In this article, it points out that the same calorie can be reduced easily by eliminating intake.
Moreover, the article illustrates some problems resulting from doing exercise to control weight. First, this article illustrates that doing physical activity does not necessarily prevent the possibility of being obese with the help of the findings from a 2011 meta-analysis study. Second, according to a 2012 systematic review of studies, this article demonstrates that exercise increases people’s appetite. Therefore, exercise is not the best way to lose weight.
However, although this article backs its argument that exercise is not the best way to lose weight on the basis of findings from two recent studies, it can’t justifiably prove that the exercise does not play an important role in controlling weight.
Which one is the best way to lose weight, exercise or diet? I think we still need conduct more studies to further study this topic.
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