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Why Exercise Doesn’t Work For Fat Loss

Posted Apr 05 2010 3:56pm

I hope you had a great Easter weekend with your family!

Matea got to taste her first Easter bunny and then burned up all that sugar splashing in puddles in our driveway. We also had family and friends over on Sunday for a BBQ and I grilled wild Caribou burgers and Caribou sausages…and with just a little snow left on our patio had a place to keep a few beers cold;-)

Yesterday was a different story as I spent the whole day in bed (and the bathroom…) from what looks to be a bout of the stomach flu known as the Norovirus which my mother had, our baby sitter had and many people around town seem to be getting hit with. It seems to be only a 24 hour deal so let’s hope it passes very soon!

So after watching enough mind numbing TV (which should really stand for “Time Vampire”) I checked my email to see these shocking exercise results sent to me from nutrition expert, Dr. John Berardi on Why Exercise Alone Doesn’t Work

Dr. John’s Precision Nutrition System is the ONLY nutrition system I use for healthy eating strategies for me and my family which you can check out by clicking below.

(Matea loves the healthy chicken fingers and pizza recipes!)

Click Here ==> The Precision Nutrition System

But before you do…

Make sure you read this ENTIRE blog post to see how average people who workout 5 HOURS a week ONLY lost 1.5 lbs in 12 weeks!

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email from Dr. John…

Sean, let me put this bluntly: exercise ALONE doesn’t really work all  that well. Especially when looking at body composition related outcomes, like fat loss, for example – far and away the most important outcome your clients are asking for help with.

Now, this isn’t just something I’m throwing out there.

Several recent studies, including one done at the University of Texas and another done at the University of Oklahoma, have shown pretty conclusively that in the absence of a sound nutrition intervention, exercise produces pretty disappointing results.

Let’s take a look at the data.

In this first investigation, done at the University of Texas, two sedentary groups of people were studied. The first group of 50 was considered the control group. And they simply remained sedentary for the entire 12 week study.

The second group of 50 was considered the exercise group. And this group worked with a trainer to perform 3 strength and 2 interval training sessions per week – about 5 total hours of exercise.

Both groups were instructed to keep their diets the same. And data analysis showed that at the beginning and at the end of the study, their diets hadn’t changed at all.

What did the researchers find?

Well, although the exercise group did lose statistically more fat than the controlgroup, the total amount of fat lost in the exercise group was a mere 1.5lbs!

So, in this study, if these 50 people would have hired personal trainers, they would have spent about 60 hours and 3-4 thousand dollars to lose a mere 1.5lbs of fat. That’s not good.

Now let’s look at the Oklahoma study.

In this investigation, two additional groups were studied. The first group of 10 was considered the control group. And they simply remained sedentary for the 10 week study.

The second group of 14 was considered the exercise group. And this group worked with a trainer to perform 2 strength and 3 steady state cardio training sessions per week – about 5 total hours of exercise.

Both groups were instructed to keep their diets the same. And data analysis showed that at the beginning and at the end of the study, their diets hadn’t changed at all.

What did the researchers find here?

Well, although the exercise group did lose statistically more fat than the control group, the total amount of fat lost in the exercise group was just 1.5lbs – same as the Texas study.

So, in this study, just like the last, these 14 people would have hired personal trainers, they would have spent about 50 hours and 3-4 thousand dollars to lose just 1.5lbs of fat.

I could go on all day citing research showing that exercise alone – without a nutrition intervention – isn’t all that effective at helping your client achieve the #1 goal they’re after.

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WOW! Even I was shocked that without following a proper nutrition system people only lost 1.5 of fat after busting their butts exercising for 5 hours a week…

That’s why I will continue to follow Dr. John’s simple strategies for eating healthy found in Precision Nutrition  and why I even have his Strategies for Nutrition Success and his Gourmet Dessert Recipes included for FREE with my Dad Fitness System.

Check it out for yourself

Go Here ==> The Precision Nutrition System

About Dr. Berardi

Dr. John Berardi is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Precision Nutrition Inc . One of the world’s foremost experts on sport and exercise nutrition, Dr. Berardi has authored numerous peer-reviewed studies, books, textbooks and hundreds of magazine articles on the topics of exercise and sport nutrition.

As a nutrition coach and exercise physiologist, he has coached hundreds of elite athletes, among them professionals and Olympic gold medalists, and thousands of everyday folk through the Lean Eating Coaching Program.

Studying under renowned researcher Dr. Peter Lemon, Dr. Berardi received his PhD in Exercise Physiology and Nutrient Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario and is an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Texas.

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