Works For Me

When it comes to losing weight and getting into shape, what works for one person might not do as much for the next. This phenomenon has been talked about in gyms and weight loss groups for decades, but until now, no one had conducted an evidence-based study to show why this is true.

Recently Australia's Queensland University of Technology, in conjunction with University of Leeds in the UK, studied the weight loss progression of 35 overweight and obese people. The 12 weeks of supervised exercise was customized so that each participant would expend 500 calories per session. This negated the influence of metabolic factors. Still, there were differences. Scientists determined that 'compensatory responses' sometimes undermined exercise's effectiveness as a weight management tool.

The Bigger Picture: Researchers defined a compensatory response as eating more in response to exercise-induced energy expenditure. For some people, this might occur due to automatic biological drive, while it could be a deliberate reward-based incentive for others. In either case, these findings underscore the importance of watching what you eat as well as how much you consume. Following that advice can work well for everyone.
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