Exercise alone is not effective for weight loss

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Exercise is hugely important for overall health and wellbeing and regular exercise can significantly lower our risk of many chronic disease, however when it comes to weight loss, exercise alone is not very effective. 



Despite advice telling us increasing exercise is an effective way to lose weight (energy in/ energy out) the average person can only burn around 10-30% of their energy each day with physical activity. 


However how much and what you eat (food = 100% of energy in) has a much more effective impact on weight management.



I am not suggesting for one minute that we should stop exercising as I encourage every one of my clients to move more each day and boost cardio fitness with exercise. Exercise is absolutely key to improving energy, physical and mental health and wellbeing, however when looking at weight loss alone, changing the quality and quantity of food intake and your behaviour & habits around food is much more effective at giving you weight loss results. 

So should physical activity and diet be seen as equally effective in terms of weight loss? 

I believe that there are extensive positive benefits to exercise however if you are looking for weight loss, you will find much greater results focusing on your food intake and keeping active for health and wellbeing.


Looking for more? Here is a great evidenced based article that is easy to understand and worth a read.  https://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/11518804/weight-loss-exercise-myth-burn-calories