Be careful where you get your info from…

Someone recently forwarded this story on how “science” has shown that exercise does not boost your metabolism like previously thought. While not entirely related to mountain biking, this story is a perfect example of why you need to be very careful about what “science” tells us.

There are a couple of deceiving things in the article, especially if you don’t read the whole thing. First, the “training” they had people doing was far from intense and involved no strength training or post workout nutrition plan. This workout plan in no way represents the cutting edge of fat loss training.

Second, the main guy conducting the study obviously has an agenda that he is trying to “prove”. He wants to show us that exercise does not replace nutrition and while his intentions may be good his conclusions are a stretch at best. His study was an attempt to show us that this fuss over increasing your metabolism is  overblown.

To say that this one study done on 65 people utilizing a program that in no way resembles what the best fat loss experts in the country use can in some way “conclude” that exercise does not increase your metabolism is pretty funny. But this is what you get out of the exercise science people a lot of times – poorly designed studies that started out with an agenda. Reader beware…

-James Wilson-

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  1. Boxtavious says:

    The article states “The notion that exercise somehow boosts the body’s ability to burn fat for as long as 24 hours after a workout…”. This statement is a gross misunderstanding of the increased metabolic rate from 2-4 hours after training depending upon intensity. The body revs into high gear to cool, heal, and reach its equilibrium point which requires energy to regulate the system of the human body which is where this comes in. This article is one of the worst things I’ve read on exercise in a long time and the “agenda” of having people focused on their diet will be thwarted by the number of people this persuades that exercise can’t help them.

    Reply • May 28 at 12:13 am
    • bikejames says:

      Brought to you by science – the same people who “proved” that steroids didn’t work and that the leg extension will get your quads stronger!


      Reply • May 28 at 5:31 am
  2. Rodney says:

    It seems the only exercise the subjects did was light aerobic cycling, where the general consensus seems to be that you (after)burn more fat by anaerobic or strength training, right? So they had the subjects perform a test regime particularly geared to get these end results.

    Reply • May 28 at 12:19 pm
  3. bikejames says:

    Yeah, that is how it seemed to me too. It seems to me that he is unaware of advances in fat loss training or he set the test up to give him the results he wanted. The fact that he is considered a trusted expert by the media and his study is getting some play is a sad statement on the reliability of exercise science.

    Reply • May 28 at 1:37 pm

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