Dec 15, 2021
Brian and Amy explore a couple of articles talking about the
impacts of weight loss vs. exercise on longevity, and discuss the
myths surrounding losing weight and achieving optimal physical
health. Learn why focusing on losing weight is the wrong goal, and
why a proper strength training program is the best way to maintain
fitness as we age.
- There is a ton of information regarding health and fitness out
there, and sometimes the info conflicts, so discerning the truth
can be challenging.
- A recent article published in the New York Times essentially
claimed that exercise is more important than weight loss for
longevity. The behavior of exercising matters more statistically
than losing weight, but that could be narrowed down to having a
higher fitness level is more important than weight loss.
- Activity has its limitations related to weight loss and
increasing longevity. Intentional exercise is a means to an end.
The goal of which is to change the systems of the body for the
- Muscle quality is one of the #1 predictors of mortality. The
exercise and muscle mass itself doesn’t increase your longevity,
but they are correlated to the physiological effects that are.
- Weight loss is hard. It has to be combined with nutritional
changes, and if your goal is to be thinner, the optimal path is to
combine exercise that maximizes muscle health and proper whole
foods nutrition. However, when it comes to overall health, there
are positive changes outside of weight loss.
- The research looked at overweight and obese individuals with
health problems, and they found that poeple that exercised
effectively saw great results, whether or not they lost any
- Exercising and improving the related biomarkers leads to better
longevity, even more than people that simply lose weight by
- Blood pressure, cholesterol, and insulin resistance are the
measures that truly indicate someone’s health and overall
longevity, far more than their weight.
- There are a number of ways to lose weight that are extremely
unhealthy. Cutting calories without strength training is one of the
worst ways you can lose weight.
- Another study involved 81 sedentary overweight women and
putting them into a walking program. At the end of 12 weeks, a few
women had lost some body fat, but 55 of them had actually gained
weight. Just moving your body will not cause weight loss, nor will
it improve the systems of the body.
- In terms of exercise for anyone over the age of 30, we need to
target the optimization of muscle mass and strength through
exercise. Sarcopenia is the root cause of the deterioration of
fitness as we age.
- Compared against each other, exercise is considerably more
beneficial than simple weight loss. In some studies, weight loss
had no improvement on mortality risk at all.
- Activity and weight loss are not enough. Even if you’ve had
trouble losing weight in the past, you can make a huge difference
in your health by starting an effective strength training
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