Exercise Is Important, But Beware Of Claims That It Causes Weight Loss


Feb 7 2017

CBS Local Pittsburgh – It’s possible that weight loss isn’t directly pushed by

exercising, according to a study conducted by Loyola University of


Working out promotes good health across the board but not necessarily

weight loss. Losing weight includes burning calories, but when the body

burns more calories, the hungrier it gets leading those lost calories being

replaced. Studies have also confirmed that notion as well as burning

calories through exercise doesn’t make up the majority of your body’s

calorie burning.


“Our study results indicate that physical activity may not protect you from

gaining weight,” said Lara Dugas, lead author an assistant professor of

public health at the Loyola.

The study examined 2,000 people from five countries over three years.

They were measured by weigh ins and activity monitors.

“Researchers did not find any significant relationships between sedentary

time at the initial visit and subsequent weight gain or weight loss,” a press

release from the University stated. “The only factors that were

significantly associated with weight gain were weight at the initial visit,

age and gender.”