Exercise Doesn’t Speed Up Your Metabolism

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You would think that moving your body, whether by running, dancing or any other form of exercise, would also get your metabolism going too. Right? Wrong. If you thought that you could kick that sluggish metabolism of yours into gear by hitting the gym, then we’ve got some bad news for you.

Recently, The New York Times focused on a study from The Center for Quantitative Obesity Research at Montclair State University that revealed that exercise actually doesn’t increase your metabolism. In fact, it seems that the opposite happens as you lose weight. The study showed that as volunteers lost weight, their metabolic rate actually dropped. So even when they were burning up to 500 calories per exercise session their metabolism remained unchanged from before the workout. 

What’s more, experts say that many current weight loss calculations are off because they assume that metabolism either increases or remains the same with exercise. That’s why some doctors have begun recalibrating formulas to help people predict how much weight they can actually lose from exercise. But if this study highlights anything, it’s that dieting is a lot more effective than exercise if you’re hoping to shrink your waistline. 

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