Aerobic exercise alone isn’t enough!

I strongly believe that food choices are most of the battle.  For exercise, resistance training is key.  See Women’s Health for a total body workout.

This recent article in the medical journal Obesity suggests that increased aerobic exercise did not result in weight loss unless people also changed their food intake.  Writes one blogger:

Bottom line?  We have to stop linking exercise with weight loss. Exercise should be promoted for its phenomenal health benefits, not for its role in weight management.  Weight’s about food, not fitness, whereas health’s about both.

I try to do aerobic exercise twice a week.  I also disagree with the blogger above – because the exercise prescribed in the study above did not include resistance training (weight lifting is one example).  I also do resistance training twice a week.  Building muscle helps me burn fat 24/7.

My experience, as to relative importance of different changes in achieving my 125 lbs weight loss:

  • Food choices 40%
  • Stress reduction 20% (which help us do all the other things)
  • Resistance training to build muscle 30%
  • Aerobic exercise 10%

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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