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DOES EXERCISE REALLY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
Why most of us have believed that exercise helps us
lose weight -- and why we're wrong.
Let s begin with how we formed this belief. We
see slim t people exercising and we draw the
conclusion that they got slim by exercising.
Have you ever questioned whether that
young slim model in the magazine exercise
article actually got slim from the exercise
routine in that article, or was she slim in the
Health authorities have been telling us that if
we re overweight we need to get active. We re
told that weight loss is a calories in -- calories
out equation and that exercise burns calories.
So we join the gym hoping to lose weight.
We blindly follow the belief that walking,
running, cycling and working out will help us
lose weight, but even though it makes us feel
better, exercise rarely makes any di erence
on the scales.
If we re carrying some extra weight, we are
made to feel guilty if we don t exercise. Then
if we exercise and don t lose weight, we feel
that something s wrong with us. The same
false messages are given to overweight
What s the answer?
Science is now providing some clarity. To
start, there is little evidence to support the
notion that exercise actually helps overweight
people lose weight. A study of 34,000 middle
- aged women by researchers at Harvard
Medical School found that it was only the
normal weight women who maintain their
weight with exercise, but heavier - weight
women got even heavier with a regime of
This explains why many people give up on
exercise. They want to lose weight and so
start exercising, but they don t lose weight (or
may even put on more) and so they give up.
When people exercise, it can lead to dietary
overcompensation - they eat or drink more.
The calories from just one bottle of a sports
drink would require 30 minutes of extra
exercise just to compensate.
If you know a nurse, ask them if patients who
are totally inactive in a hospital bed typically
lose weight? Sure there may be other factors,
but the point is worth noting.
If you ve ever watched The Biggest Loser, you
may have seen a contestant upset because
they exercised hard all week and yet barely
lost any weight. The show rarely shows us the
diet side -- what diet the successful losers are
actually eating. Weight loss comes from the
diet, not the exercise, but watching people
eat doesn t make for compelling TV.
Now here s the twist. There s no dispute that
sticking to a well-formulated diet leads to
weight loss. Also, when people do manage to
lose weight, they are more inclined to exercise.
And so weight loss is NOT an outcome of
exercise. Exercise can be an outcome of
Exercise (strength, aerobic and exibility)
has undisputed bene ts to your health and
wellness. Keep it up! It just can t be relied
upon for weight loss. That requires dietary
change. Most people say that they know what
they should be eating, but unless they are
actually losing weight, having the knowledge
isn t enough. Lasting weight loss generally
needs a structured program with ongoing
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No name for now
A Hawke s Bay lawyer facing charges after an
alleged incident on New Year s Eve has pleaded
not guilty -- and has agreed not to practise so she
can keep her name secret.
The woman appeared in Napier District Court
last week and pleaded not guilty to charges of
disorderly behaviour, resisting arrest, obstructing
police, and performing an indecent act to offend
two police officers.
Police opposed name suppression but the wom-
an s lawyer, Catherine Clarkson, requested full
name suppression until the matters were heard.
She said the facts were in dispute, and it was
grossly unfair of the media or public to speculate
on the charges.
Judge Lindsay Moore granted interim name
suppression based on a medicl report until the
matter was recalled in March.
Water will bring business
Heinz Wattie s could be just the first of
many horticulture-based companies to
relocate to Hawke s Bay if the
Ruataniwha Dam project goes ahead, the
Hawke s Bay Regional Council believes.
As part of the feasibility study into the
90-million cubic metre water storage pro-
ject at the foot of the Ruahine ranges, the
council had been talking to companies
likely to be attracted by a secure water
Regional council chief executive
Andrew Newman said staff had talked to
about eight international and domestic
companies but would not elaborate on
who they were.
With its good growing land and a com-
mercial port, security of water would
make the region very attractive to com-
panies requiring consistent access to pro-
duce for its manufacturing processes, he
Watties is moving its tomato sauce pro-
duction from Australia to Hawke s Bay.
Building the dam, projected to cost up
to $200 million, would not start before
2014 given the amount of planning and
consent work required and Mr Newman
stressed that going ahead with the proj-
ect at all rested on the results of the
feasibility study. That work was due to be
completed in about six months.
The next step would be lodging a con-
sent application, which could take up to
12 months, after which detailed engineer-
ing design would take 12 to 18 months.
Initial investigations had been going on
for about four years, with a pre-feasibility
study completed in 2009. Mr Newman
said it grew from the knowledge that the
region could not keep taking water from
the Tukituki River at the rate it had
been, never mind cope with forecasted
He said maintaining adequate water
supplies was becoming increasingly diffi-
cult in places like Australia, giving
regions like Hawke s Bay an advantage if
it could harness water. Getting water on
to the land would be expensive, according
to the pre-feasibility report but would
provide significant opportunity for
increasing productivity and income for
Flying start: Scooter enthusiast Mitchell practicses his moves ahead of the NZ New Zealand Scooter Champs.
Photo: CLAIRE HAMLIN
The biggest event for
scooter riders this sum-
mer will be the 2012
New Zealand Scooter
Champs, to be held at
Sk8 Zone on Saturday,
January 28, from 10am
Top scooter riders
from across the country
will converge on Napier
to battle it out for the
national title, with lots
of high-flying action,
flips, twists and spins
and, no doubt, some big
Entry costs $15, with
prizes from Napier Toy-
world, Scooter Bitz,
Bulletproof, MGP and
Crisp and Grit.
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