Is exercise the secret to being skinny? Think again!

Have you ever looked at someone who was super lean and thought to yourself, “They must work out a lot!”?

If so, you’re like most of us and believe that the secret to staying skinny is exercise.

After all, you can eat as much as you want, as long as you burn it off, right?

But according to research from a team of scientists at the University of Aberdeen, it’s time to rethink that strategy…

Calories consumed, not calories burned

The team spent two weeks, delving into the diets and energy expenditures of 150 people who were considered ‘super-lean’ and comparing them to those of 173 people with a normal weight.

For reference, those super-lean participants had an average BMI of just 17 (below 18.5 is classified as underweight). And those normal-weight participants had a BMI between 21.5 and 25.

To avoid discrepancies with keeping a food diary, the researchers calculated every participant’s calorie intake by measuring how much energy they burned off using a urinalysis. Then that was compared to their physical activity.

What they found was surprising…

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‘It was a big shock to me that the super-lean individuals were much less active than people in the normal BMI range,” said Dr. Sumei Hu, co-lead author of the study. “I always thought super-lean individuals must be really active to keep their low body weight, but our results showed the opposite.”

In fact, they found that the super-lean people were 23 percent less physically active compared to the other group and spent 96 percent of their day in sedentary activities or in ones that required only light physical activity.

So, why didn’t they gain weight?

Well, the researchers found the answer to that one as well…

They ate less.

The team determined that naturally slender people consumed an average of 12 percent fewer calories than those at a normal weight.

And there was one more thing…

Despite their low body fat levels, the thinner group had a metabolic rate approximately 22 percent higher than expected due to higher levels of thyroid hormones, which can help make people feel less hungry and keep them trim.

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Losing weight the smart way

So, if you’re looking to trim down, remember to focus on input rather than output since it turns out it’s the calories you consume, not the ones you burn, that count.

One way to do that is by trying the Satiating Diet, which emphasizes high-quality foods that make you feel full faster and longer so that you naturally eat less.

It offers more flexibility than other diets and can help you stick to your weight loss program more easily.

And consider getting your thyroid levels checked. Even if the doctor doesn’t think your levels are clinically low enough for medication, a sluggish thyroid can lead to weight gain and low energy.

However, much research has proven the health benefits of exercise, so don’t think you can get off that easy.

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Sources:

The secret to staying skinny is eating less… not exercising more, study finds – DailyMail.com

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.