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Exercise Is A Poor Strategy for Weight Loss

Exercise Is A Poor Strategy for Weight Loss
August 26, 2009 Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

People think, if they just work out they can lose weight… but what you eat is much more important than how much you exercise when it comes to losing weight!

Your net-caloric intake is everything; working out is secondary. Limit your daily calories and you will lose weight!  Stick to my lower carbohydrate reduction/higher protein intake guidelines and you’ll soon begin losing weight.

Contrary to popular belief, studies show that the more intensely you exercise, the slower your weight loss will be.  I counsel patients not to exercise more than the cardiovascular equivalent of 30 minutes of a brisk walk.  If they are already in a more intense exercise program, I tell them to simply maintain their present level of exercise and to avoid the temptation to increase their workouts.

How can that be you think to yourself?  It seems counter-intuitive.  Well the key difference is that although exercise is not helpful for weight loss, it is helpful to maintain your present weight once you’ve lost it.  Exercise is a good strategy for weight maintenance and a bad strategy for weight loss.

All those TV commercials selling fitness equipment greatly exaggerate the impact of exercise on weight loss.  If you look closely, they often mention in fine print that their weight loss results are dependent upon people following a calorie-restricted diet.


  1. angel 2 years ago

    Not sure where to post this exactly. My child is under weight so I wonder if the Nemechek protocol would work well with him. Specifically I wonder how the inulin requirement could effect his weight.

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      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 years ago

      The inulin can reduce nausea or post meal abdominal cramping which decrease the desire to eat as well as improve absorption.

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