Here is what you need to know about the study in 4 sentences:
- 1 year long.
- 45 minute aerobic sessions for an average of 3.6 times per week.
- The exercise group lost 4 lbs more than the group that did NOTHING.
- That’s 9,256 minutes of aerobic exercise for 4 lbs of fat.
4 lbs of fat loss is not the kind of ROI that you’d hope for after a year of diligently adhering to an exercise plan – is it?
If you look at this study, it is easy to say that aerobic exercise is a poor means of losing fat (and it is) but I think that if you look a little deeper, the big problem is the magic bullet solution applied to this study. It is the same ill-fated approach that so many of us engage in – what is the one thing that is going to help me?
There is no one thing!
If just doing one thing (e.g. aerobic exercise) is bad, then what do you need to do in order to get a good weight loss ROI on your efforts?
You need some calorie restriction.
You need a little more protein.
You need more vegetables.
You need weight training.
You need aerobic activity.
You need around 4 hours per week of total exercise.
You need more sleep.
You need to laugh more.
The bottomline is that you need to attack your plan from multiple angles. You don’t need to do it all at once, but you need to build these strategies one on top of another.
Diversify your weight loss and wellness efforts for long term health and leanness.