Eat less. Lose weight.

June 19th, 2015

Speaking of losing weight; an interesting piece in the New York Times by Aaron E. Carroll about how eating less is more important than exercise as a determining factor in weight loss.

In the adult population, interventional studies have difficulty showing that a physically active person is less likely to gain excess weight than a sedentary person. Further, studies of energy balance, and there are many of them, show that total energy expenditure and physical activity levels in developing and industrialized countries are similar, making activity and exercise unlikely to be the cause of differing obesity rates.

My fear is that when people read headlines like this they’ll think they don’t need to exercise. Read the entire piece. Exercise is important. Just not as important as eating less when it comes losing weight.