Dr. Michael Mosley: Exercising and eating well go hand in hand, but nutrition is more important.
WEIGHT LOSS is difficult to attain, especially with so much information available online that it’s difficult to know which advise to follow. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Mosley spoke with This Website about the most common weight-loss fallacies.
Michael Mosley has worked for the BBC since 1985 as a TV journalist, producer, and former doctor. He’s also the author of several cookbooks that encourage Britons to try new foods and eat healthier.
Dr. Mosely discussed the simplest strategies to lose weight with This Website.
He claims that while both exercise and nutrition are vital for a healthy body, diet is more crucial when it comes to losing body fat.
“While exercising is a terrific method to keep healthy and strong, it should not be substituted for healthy food; they must go hand in hand,” the former doctor stated.
“So, go for a run, but don’t eat the muffin.”
Dr. Mosley went on to explain that one of the “most persistent fallacies” is that “exercise is a fantastic method to burn calories.”
“This is one of the oldest and saddest myths around,” he remarked. It’s a pity because it’s not true.
“The difficulty is that our bodies are extraordinarily efficient at doing activities like walking and running because of our evolutionary background, when food was limited and our ancestors were busy.
“To burn even a modest amount of calories, you have to do a lot of either.”
Dr. Mosley described a study he conducted to determine “just how many calories I burn while running.”
“I wore sophisticated monitoring equipment and set off at a fast pace around the track,” he explained. I wasn’t breaking any Olympic records, but I was moving fast enough that I was relieved when I was informed I could stop after 10 minutes.
“It turned out that I was burning about 16 calories each minute, which meant that after little over a mile, I had burned a total of 160 calories.
“Not bad,” I remarked. However, keep things in perspective.
“A tiny bar of chocolate has approximately 240 calories, while a chocolate muffin has approximately 500 calories.
“So, if you eat a muffin and a medium latte (150 calories) after your run, you are adding 650 calories to your diet.”
Dr. Mosely went on to say that “regular exercise” is important for long-term health, but that it isn’t always possible. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”