Why Some Actually Gain Weight When Exercise

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    Nov 30, 2016 3:39 PM GMT
    NYT: The short and unsatisfactory answer is that you are human. A surprisingly large number of people who begin an exercise program subsequently pack on extra pounds. In a 2013 review of scientific studies related to exercise and weight loss, the researchers concluded that most sedentary people who start exercising lose far less weight than would be expected, given how many calories they burn while working out.

    As Eric Ravussin, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., told me some time back, “In general, exercise by itself is pretty useless for weight loss.”

    The problem, most scientists agree, is that exercise makes us want to eat.

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    Dec 10, 2016 3:47 AM GMT
    They should focus on fixing one problem at a time.

    First they fix their diet while still sedentary. That alone can be extremely hard. The sole goal is losing fat.

    Once they managed to pay their fat debt, then they start exercising. Their appetite will increase, but that will match their increase in lean mass, so one thing cancels another.... hopefully...