It's a slightly controversial article, and even when the supposed research cited, I would still caution that it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Interesting Ideas/Issues Brought Up
- The energy gap: the difference between the number of calories you use and the number you consume
- People tend to overcompensate for calories burnt during exercise. One suggested reason, was that vigorous exercise reduces our self-control, and makes calorie-laden food more appealing to us, making it easier for us to fall prey to temptation.
- Moving about regularly throughout the day MAY be just as beneficial as exhausting bursts of activity (read: intense exercise), without significantly increasing hunger pangs the way the latter does.
- Very frequent low-level physical activity may be better for us than slogging away at the gym irregularly. "You cannot sit still all day long and then have 30 minutes of exercise without producing stress on the muscles. The muscles will ache, and you may not want to move after. But to burn calories, the muscle movements don't have to be extreme. It would be better to distribute the movements throughout the day."
- Losing weight may be more important than improving cardiovascular health when it comes to preventing certain diseases.
- Overweight people actually expend significantly more calories every day than people of normal weight; this seem to support the theory that the type of food intake may be at play in addition to metabolism rates.( Why Exercise Won't Make You ThinCollapse )