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…