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Does exercise help you lose weight?

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Evangeline Elsa, Community Solutions Editor
17:40 January 12, 2018

The above poll is based on the page A5 report, Five myths about exercise’, published in The Views section of Gulf News on January 12. We asked Gulf Newsreaders if exercise helps them lose weight. A majority 58 per cent of the poll participants voted yes.

Weight-loss is on many people’s New Year resolution list. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, approximately half of overweight and obese adults report that they are trying to lose weight.

But exercise alone does not help lose weight. Fat stores are burnt from all areas evenly when you eat less and exercise more. A six-pack does not emerge when you target the fat in your abdominal area; it comes from bulking up those muscles, which can grow strong enough to show through the layer of subcutaneous fat — they simply appear more pronounced with a lower percentage of overall body fat.

According to a recent tweet by diet and weight loss expert Dr Lori L. Shemek, author of How To Fight FATflamattion: “The one action that is going to have the biggest impact on your health is to cut out refined carbohydrates such as sugar and refined grains (white flour).”

Are you trying to lose weight? Share your experience with us on readers@gulfnews.com