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Video Blog: Does Exercise Help Us Lose Weight?

>> Wednesday, July 21, 2010

In this video blog, Dr Sue discusses the impact of exercise on body weight and overall health. Find out how many calories you burn when you exercise, and how this relates with energy intake. Exercise alone is very important for overall cardiovascular health, and decreases the risk of a long list of diseases. While exercise can help to maintain body weight, it is rarely effective as a sole weight loss strategy, unless it is accompanied by a reduced calorie meal plan.

Dr. Sue Pedersen © 2010


Garin Kilpatrick July 28, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

Great video Dr. Sue, I bike to the gym every single day! I've noticed that to really burn calories it takes both smart eating, and daily exercise.

One food I have started eating recently to help me feel full longer is Salba. Salba is very nutritious and takes on many times its weight in water so I feel full for much longer. It is also high in Omega 3's and antioxidants.

Thanks for making the link between fitness and nutrition, it's so important to always be health aware! :)

Dr. Sue Pedersen July 28, 2010 at 5:13 PM  

Thanks, Garin! Have a look at my thoughts on Salba:

Dr Sue :)

ivy on butt exercise August 12, 2010 at 4:10 AM  

I totally agree with what you said. Exercise alone cannot lose all the weight you wanted to lose if you will not change your eating habit. I for one have achieved my desired body weight by reduced food intake plus a little cardio exercise. Now I am shifting to butt exercise to focus on the butt muscle and eventually move to abs exercise.

SandyDoesCardioExercises November 23, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

Dieting only works to achieve weight loss if used with regular exercise. Cardio is extremely effective at helping build abs. This type of exercise accelerates the heart rate thus, the body spends more energy. Intense cardio workouts such as jogging, walking, cycling and aerobics increase metabolism and burn calories.

Dr. Sue Pedersen November 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

Sandy, thanks for your comment!
I agree that exercise helps to burn calories, thereby facilitating weight loss. However, while I am a huge advocate for exercise, it is possible to achieve weight loss with diet alone. In fact, most weight loss comes from decreasing caloric intake, with only a minor contribution from exercise, except for the rare case where an individual exercises quite a bit and is careful not to compensate for this exercise by increasing caloric intake (a common error). Some people who suffer with extreme obesity are unable to move much, until they start to shed pounds by decreasing their caloric intake. From there, providing it is safe for their heart etc, we can gradually introduce exercise to facilitate continued weight loss.

build muscles June 14, 2011 at 12:43 AM  

Making certain you get at least one gram per pound of bodyweight each day is one of FLEX's muscle-building tenets.

Dr. Sue Pedersen June 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

An upper limit to safe protein intake has not been established, though some kidney specialists do not recommend going higher than 1g per kg body weight per day. Individuals with kidney problems should talk to their doctor about how much protein is safe for their diets.


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