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For Weight Loss, How You Exercise is More Important than HOW Much


As much as we love to track our steps with our Fitbits, a new study reinforces the evidence that more exercise is not the key to weight loss. The good news is, there is a way to fake out your body to help it burn more calories.

Most people think longer workouts will make them thinner, said study coauthor Herman Pontzer, a professor of anthropology at Hunter College.

But your body adjusts to exercise quickly and spending more time in an aerobic workout doesn't increase the calorie burn, the Hunter College study shows. So simply adding another mile to our run or squeezing in another spin class won't help us lose more weight.

"Shows like 'The Biggest Loser,' and devices like 'Fitbit' all predict that there is a linear relationship between exercise and weight loss, meaning the more active you are, the more energy you expend," Pontzer says. "That's not what we found." more

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