It’s true that increasing your physical activity levels can make you feel hungrier, but the same is true of eating less. Your body will respond to any change that results in you taking in fewer calories than you burn with a series of physiological and behavioral tactics that conspire to keep you at your current weight. That’s why almost none of the weight-loss interventions that have been tested in clinical trials achieve losses that the majority of participants sustain beyond a few years. It’s not just exercising to lose weight that’s hard—it’s losing weight by any means.
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The contradictions are endless, and the real message is that there’s no single tactic that makes losing weight easy for everyone.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t know anything about weight loss. On the contrary, researchers are teasing apart the complex links between diet, physical activity, hormones, and fat storage.
Understanding how different types of exercise and eating patterns affect the body will help you plot a weight-loss strategy tailored to your needs and avoid common misconceptions like the myth of the “fat-burning” zone. More importantly, it’s now clear that being thin and being healthy aren’t always the same thing—so the success of your exercise regime should be measured by aerobic fitness, not the bathroom scale.