This is one of those studies that pisses me off. It says that the more you exercise the more you eat and so it is impossible to actually lose weight. For that reason, don’t exercise or go to the gym.
I’ve noticed this sense of hopelessness a lot in politics as well. If any one part of a reform doesn’t make the world a perfect place, you toss out the reform in whole. Let’s not reform healthcare, let’s not reduce our carbon footprint because if we can’t create a perfect solution then there is no point in trying.
The truth is that for most of our decisions in life we mentally create a pros and cons list. If the pros outweigh the cons then we go with the decision which gives the overall good.
I see myself in this study about exercise. I am fairly physically active with an average of one and a half hours a day of exercise and yet I wouldn’t call myself “thin.” Yet I get so much out of exercise. I’m passionate about food and I can enjoy my passion without having to worry about gaining a great deal of weight. And I have lost weight due to physically activity. Will I ever be thin? Perhaps not but the quality of my life is vastly improved.