As a personal trainer in the Aspen CO area, I am not shocked to read this type of article; one that begins by attacking exercise as a part of weight loss, diet being 4 times as important (80% vs 20%). Just go to your kitchen and do the latest “I refuse to exercise diet plan”…. So here are the results the good doctor is crowing about;
<Compliance was incredible – only seven study dropouts – and over the course of the year, men averaged 6.16 hours of weekly exercise, and women, 4.9 hours. So did the 320 hours of exercise for the men and the 254 hours for the women lead to weight loss? Yes, but probably less than you might have guessed. Men lost, on average, 3.5 pounds, and women, 2.6. That translates to 91.5 hours of exercise per pound lost.>
I am not saying that everyone can understand this, but what were the qualitative changes in these sample pools? I am not interested in some BMI nonsense, I am interested in body composition. What were the resulting changes in body composition, strength, agility, how many medications from “big pharma,” were eliminated or reduced, how about VO2, cholesterol, triglycerides? How many reversed and eliminated type 2 diabetes…. those are the types of questions that actually address the important issue of health.
Weight loss as an end can be easily achieved through amputations, a stupid notion, unless the limb is gangrenous. Losing muscle mass is yet another way to lose weight, and become even less healthy, as casual glance at many cigarette smokers, crack heads and meth pipe heads will reveal this to be true.
The “take away” from my comments is; simple minded discussions and “news,” about weight loss, isn’t necessarily synonymous with good health or improving your health. These blogs, bits of “news” are themselves dangerous to your health, because weight loss is treated as an end, not as part of the means to the end — your good health. Don’t be fooled by this kind of crap.