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Exercise is more than burning calories

March 5, 2019

Exercise is much more than burning calories – just think all the complicated processes happening inside the body at a cellular and metabolic level In a report recently published in Current Biology, researchers explored the relationship between exercise and “energy expenditure” (calories burned). This study monitored the physical activity and corresponding total energy expenditure in 322 men and women in North America and Africa.

What the researchers found was a little surprising. Physical activity did increase energy expenditure as expected, but only up to a point. Physical activity was monitored by accelerometers, which measure counts (units of “motion”) per minute per day, taking into account motion and velocity. At lower levels of activity, increasing the counts per minute per day did increase energy expenditure. However, with higher mean counts per minute per day, increasing counts did not increase energy expenditure, indicating a ceiling effect. So in this study, after a certain point, more exercise did not equal more energy used.

Based on their findings, the study investigators encourage that we reconsider current public health messages that state more exercise equals more energy expended, as this is not always the case. image from @metabolic_mike #superbodysuperbrain #super #exerciseismedicine #metabolism #metabolic #ibff #npc #wbff #ufc #train #instaeducation #brand #entrepreneur #metabolism #intermittentfasting #ketogenic #michaelgonzalezwallace

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