The 80/20 Rule: 80% of your weight is what you eat, only 20% is how much you exercise

Are you putting the majority of your energy into fitness and exercise? Visiting your local fitness center for over an hour a day but seeing few changes in your weight? Yes, exercise is important for a variety of different factors such as heart health, endurance, emotional health and longevity, however there is a large misconception that exercise is directly correlated with weight-loss.

In 2007, the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine published guidelines for physical activity and health. “It is reasonable to assume that persons with relatively high daily energy expenditures would be less likely to gain weight over time, compared with those who have low energy expenditures. So far, data to support this hypothesis are not particularly compelling.” So, in other words, despite half a century of efforts to prove otherwise, scientists still can’t say that exercise will help keep off the pounds.

Exercise was not seen as a solution to weight problems until the 1960’s

Until the 1960’s the popular notion that exercise lead to weight-loss was essentially uncommon. It wasn’t until when 1953 a man by the name of Jean Mayer began publishing hundreds of papers enthusiastically declaring the direct correlation between exercise and weight-loss. His research was based on a few years of research on laboratory mice. Mayer’s findings lead to the following hypotheses  “some individuals are born very quiet, inactive, and placid and with moderate intake get fat, and some individuals from the very beginning are very active and do not get particularly fat..” Ground breaking findings? We think not.

The popularity surge of exercise in the late sixty’s, interestingly coincided with Mayer’s pro-exercise crusade. By the time the early 1980’s came around, 100 million Americans were partaking in the “fitness revolution” – coincidentally this time period has also been marked as the start of the current obesity epidemic.

How can we know exercise doesn’t = weight loss?

According to a study done by the Mayo Clinic, a highly respected medical institution, “most studies have demonstrated no or modest weight loss with exercise alone…an exercise regimen is unlikely to result in short-term weight loss beyond what is achieved with dietary change. In a separate study, hundreds of women were assigned different levels of exercise ranging from no exercise at all to continuous vigorous exercise and their weight was monitored over the course of a year. The result? All of the women lost similar amounts of weight despite their large variations in level of exercise.

If exercise is not the answer, what is?

Ever heard the saying you are what you eat? There is a direct correlation between eating too much of the wrong types of food and weight problems. What we put into our bodies is what we get out, the more unhealthy food you eat, the more weight you will gain. Weight problems lead to a sedentary lifestyle, not the other way around. Look at it this way, living an inactive lifestyle does not necessarily make you fat however if your fat, you’re more likely to lie on the sofa.

In a study done by Professor Boyd Swinburn in 2009, he predicted almost precisely, the overweight and obesity rates from the 1970’s to the early 2000’s. How did he get such exact numbers? He accurately predicted weight gain through food intake alone. Swinburn analyzed the actual national food supply in America and assessed how much more food was consumed during that 30 year period from 1970-2000. This proved that additional calories, regardless of exercise, will lead to a notable increase in weight.

So what does all this mean?

Exercise is a wonderful thing. It keeps us healthy and happy, fights off disease and betters our sleeping patterns. But, exercise is not a direct road to weight-loss. If you focus on what you are putting into your body more so than how many hours you clock in at the gym you will begin to see those results that you have been working so hard for. These days most diets consist of nutrient starved, sugar rich, processed foods because that is what is prominent in our world today. However, if you focus on eating a wholefoods diet that is rich in nutrients, protein and healthy fats than you will be able to lose and maintain weight easily. Exercise alone will not provide the results you need. Dietary changes are what make the difference.

A Solution

For many, exercise is the easy part, while making the dietary changes is difficult. Years of unhealthy eating habits are hard to break, when you combine this with a need or desire to lose weight, it is a very daunting task. There are programs out there designed specifically for people struggling with this issue.

The Go Figure Medical Weight-Loss program is tailored specifically to your body’s needs. The eating-plan you follow is specific to the amount of weight you need to lose, as well as your health conditions, lifestyle and other factors that contribute to your weight. You will lose weight with this program, beginning the very first day, if you adhere to the guidelines.

This program is unlike the popular diet programs you see in the media today. Because the program is based on medical research, it is not a fad or a dangerous diet pill. Your progress is medically monitored, you visit with a consultant weekly to check your progress  discuss your eating plan and to receive a prescription appetite suppressant medication. Every day at Go Figure people are losing significant amounts of weight and beginning new lives  thin, healthy and happy!

Read more about the program here.