so it is two article and the is questions you need for each article to answer those questions.
Why Time Magazine Owes the Fitness Industry a
Big Fat Apology
At first I was tempted to title this article, ―why John Cloud and the editors of Time magazine are idiots.‖ But
then I thought that might be a bit harsh and decided to simply call for an apology and a correction for all the
errors they made in last week’s article, Why exercise won’t make you thin.
I wasn’t even going to write this at first, because I figured that sending it to my 300,000+ subscribers would
only draw more attention to the TIME story, and they’ve gotten enough free publicity from the blogosphere
But after receiving countless e-mails from my Burn The Fat subscribers, all imploring me to write a rebuttal,
and then after receiving the email from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) yesterday, I
reconsidered. The ACSM said:
“Last Friday, an article appeared in Time Magazine making statements that we believe run counter to fact and
the public interest. The article claimed that exercise, contrary to the research with which we are all familiar, is
not an effective health tool, particularly as it pertains to weight loss…”
They continued, (addressing the fitness professionals on their mailing list):
“Your assistance is needed in getting the right health message out to the public. Also we encourage you to
adapt our letter to the editor and submit it to your local news outlets, helping readers and viewers get the best
evidence-based facts and information. “
Assistance has arrived. Here is the right health message that the ACSM was calling for. I believe you’ll find my
information below more accurately reflects the facts than TIME’s one-sided story. Feel free to forward this
information to your friends and colleagues. Link to this, Digg this, re-tweet this and share this on facebook. I
also encourage you to send your letters to the editors of TIME.
The truth about exercise, appetite and weight loss
John Cloud, a writer for Time magazine, says that he gets hungry after exercise, so he often eats more on the
days he works out than on the days he doesn’t. Therefore, he proposes that exercise won’t make you thin and
might actually prevent you from losing weight.
You don’t say? You mean that you don’t lose weight if you put the calories you just burned right back in by
stuffing your face with muffins and doughnuts! Who’d have thunk?
It’s tough not to pick on a ―fitness journalist‖ who thinks that exercise turns fat into muscle. But sarcasm aside
for a moment, exercise can increase hunger in some cases. Hunger is a normal regulatory response of the body
to maintain energy balance and weight homeostasis anytime you’re in a calorie deficit and losing body mass,
whether that is achieved through exercise or dietary restriction. That doesn’t mean exercise is ineffective for
weight loss, it means you need DIETARY RESTRAINT to lose weight! Dietary restraint means that if you want
to lose weight, sometimes you have to feel hungry and NOT EAT! (even while stressed, emotional, tempted,
etc.) This takes work, and part of that work is to practice the self-discipline to not eat every time you feel the
urge and to pursue the self-education to understand the realities of the energy balance equation.
You’ll have to provide the self-discipline, but let me see if I can help with the education part (pay attention,
Not exercising = not smart
The International Journal of Obesity recently published a review of the effects of exercise on appetite
regulation. Dr. Martins of the Obesity research group in Norway explained that in our obesogenic environment
today, NOT exercising is likely to lead to weight gain:
“It has been systematically shown that the adoption of a sedentary lifestyle inevitably produces a state of
positive energy balance, as the physiological system is unable, at least in the short to medium term, to
compensate by decreasing energy intake.”
Translation: if you sit on your butt, and you live in a Western society in this technologically-advanced,
convenience-based world, surrounded by eating c
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