Insights: Why Exercise Isn’t the Best Way to Burn Calories


Do you still think that exercise is the best way to burn calories? Find out why it isn’t so in this week’s Insights.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • The benefits of exercise
  • Why exercise is not an effective way to burn calories
  • The effectiveness of exercise

Key Takeaways:

  • Exercise is going to give you both mental and physical health benefits. It allows for lots of freshly oxygenated blood flowing through the body, good muscle tone, and good muscle mass. Moreover, it helps generate hormones or neurotransmitters that make you feel good.
  • The body adapts really quickly to exercise. Particularly with high-intensity exercise, it gets used to the intensity and the volume of exercise quite quickly, so the body burns fewer and fewer calories the more you repeat that session.
  • A 2016 study found that activity is inversely related to energy expenditure. In other words, as the intensity of the activity goes up, the energy expenditure can come down because the body gets more efficient in doing that particular form of exercise.
  • You can’t out-train a bad diet. It’s very, very difficult to train or burn enough calories to make up for a really bad diet.
  • Calories burned through exercise are probably much less than you think.
  • Studies have found that people eat more post-exercise. It’s a common pitfall that people tend to fall into.
  • Exercise is most effective when it’s blended with movement.

Action Steps:

  • Don’t go to the lengths of calorie-counting but open up your awareness to what you’re consuming.
  • Focus on having a clean, balanced diet.
  • Be careful of the calories and the sugar in energy drinks.
  • Blend exercise with movement. Maybe you can even hack some exercise into your daily movement.
  • Try to mimic ancestral movement

Leanne said:

“There are lots and lots of reasons why exercise is a really good thing to do. But as a source of calorie burn, it’s not. It’s not an effective way to burn calories.”

“Exercise really works well when you blend it with movement. Rather than just doing a one-hour session, maybe in the morning or lunchtime or in the evening, and then being relatively sedentary throughout the rest of the day, blend exercise with movement.”

Thanks for listening!

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