The Myth About Exercise

Eze Onwuegbu, a natural health researcher, and a biomedical researcher is back with another series.

This time, it’s the ‘Exercise Myth Series’. His previous series includes weight loss, health and wellness.

In this 4 – part  series, he debunks all the myths we have attached to exercise particularly with weight loss and reveals the truth about them.

Apparently, ‘fitfam is not the path to weight loss’. You need to read this!



Exercise Myth Series (Part 1): For much of human history, the idea of "exercising" was simply ludicrous. No one believed that running or aerobics had benefits. Yet chronic illness and overweight were not an issue. In the 1960s, the US Public Health Service began advocating exercise for weight loss. Over the ensuing decades, we witnessed a fitness boom. More and more people began incorporating exercise into their leisure time. But as we increased exercise, overweight increased faster. Though exercise has many benefits, long-term weight loss is not one of them. Furthermore, we have this idea that primitive societies have much more "exercise" than us. After all they farm, hunt, and walk everywhere. Whereas we sit in an office all day. Researcher Herman Pontzer examined the daily energy expenditure of the Hazda in Tanzania, a modern day hunter-gatherer society. Many days they will travel 15-20 miles to gather food. He found that despite all this "exercise", the Hazda burned the same number of calories per day as a typical adult in Europe and the US. What!? How? Stay tuned. #exercise #excercisemyth #ancestralwisdom

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Exercise Myth Series (Part 2): Regular exercise results in better muscle tone, increased strength and increased bone density. It's like brushing your teeth. Should you brush your teeth? Absolutely. But don't expect any weight loss. Same thing as exercise. Is it good for you? Absolutely. But don't expect any weight loss. A paper analysing the Women's Health Initiative study followed a group of 39,876 women from 1992-2004. They were divided into three groups based on levels of weekly exercise. The lowest (20 mins/day) and the highest (60 mins/day). Over the next 10 years, there was no change in the amount of weight lost or gained between the three groups. That is, the intensity and duration of exercise made no difference. Furthermore, the extra weight they lost every 3 years was 0.12kg (1/4lb). Hear this folks. If you exercise every single day for 1 hour for 3 years, you would weigh 1/4lb (0.12kg) less than if you did nothing at all. That is the same weight loss as a good bowel movement. Yikes. It appears the exercise industry exists not to help you lose fat, but to fatten their own wallets. As Yoda would say, "deeper still, we must go." #exercise #excercisemyth #ancestralwisdom #weightloss #weightlossjourney

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Exercise Myth Series (Part 3): Edwina starts working out like crazy. Her intense workouts burn over 600 calories a day. She expects to lose at least a pound a week. After a few months, she gives up after gaining a few pounds. This is known as "compensation". It's an adaptive response to exertion. A shift in metabolism to prevent fat loss. And something the fitness industry never talks about. Overweight is not a caloric imbalance. Never has been. Never will be. So burning calories in the gym is meaningless. It's a hormonal imbalance. An increase in fat stores triggered by unbalanced nutrition. And exercise cannot correct this. This is how "compensation" works: *We eat more after a workout. This increased food intake negates the workout. *We reduce physical activity after a workout. A lot of sitting and lounging. And less standing, walking, cleaning, cooking, and so on. Some people try to override "compensation" with strict discipline. They simply refuse to eat more. And struggle to stay active all day. This can yield good results in the short term. But it triggers a more drastic metabolic response to "defend" fat stores. Simply put, epic backfire. Hormones don't play around folks. Stay tuned. #weightlossjourney #weightloss #excercisemyth #exercise #CreativeJuicesNG

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Exercise Myth Series (Part 4): "The Biggest Loser" is an American reality TV show in which 16 obese contestants vie to lose the most weight. They use a turbocharged version of "eat less, move more". They do 2 hours of intense circuit training 6 days a week. And eat a severe calorie-restricted diet (1200 calories a day). At baseline, the average weight was 149.2 kg. By week 30 (season finale), the average weight had dropped to 91.6 kg. A whopping 57 kg! Wow. That's really good. But why no reunion show? Season 2 contestant Suzanne Mendoca explains "we're all fat again". Dr. Kevin Hall, a senior NIH researcher, did extensive metabolic testing on 14 contestants. He found that dieting and exercise lowers your resting metabolic rate (RMR). RMR includes core functions like heart beating, digestion, brain function, breathing, liver and kidney function and so on. From start to week 30, average RMR dropped by 789 calories a day. And remained depressed even 6 years later. This is huge folks. This is what causes the familiar "weight plateau". And eventual weight regain. Imagine your metabolism reduces by 700 calories a day. Your body is literally shutting down. You'll feel cold, lethargic, tired, and achy. And the more you fight it, your RMR continues its slide downhill. Exercise for long-term weight loss is flawed logic. It fails to account for how the body works. Daily exertion causes RMR to plummet. This is why highly active hunter-gatherers (Hazda) burn as many calories a day as sedentary office workers. This is the Creator's elegant design. His infinite wisdom. So let's stop this madness. "Fitfam" is not the path to weight loss. The sure path is the wisdom of old. Real food at the right time. #exercise #excercisemyth #weightloss #weightlossjourney #ancestralwisdom #CreativeJuicesNG

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