Researchers have now found that western men and women whose most strenuous daily exercise is walking from their front door to their car, from their car to their desk, and from their desk to the photocopier, actually use a virtually identical amounts of energy each day to a traditional hunter-gatherer community from Tanzania.
The Hazda tribe can’t simply stroll or drive to the supermarket on their lunch break to pick up a meal deal, or walk a few steps to the cooler for a refreshing glass of water – instead they must hunt for game, forage in the forest, run, jump and just generally get the heart pumping to go about their daily business.
However, despite their active lifestyle, the Hazda tribe burned no more calories than a group of Europeans or Americans.
For some time now the big argument surrounding the obesity epidemic has been over whether we are taking in too many calories, or simply not burning enough.
Many experts have rolled with the idea that exercise takes precedence over diet in the fight against obesity, but has this been the wrong approach?
According to study leader Herman Pontzer of Hunter College in New York, the majority of what we use our calories on happens internally, keeping the immune system going for instance.
“Physical activity is just the tip of the iceberg”, he said. “People argue about why it is that westerners are getting so fat, and at the end of the day it has to be the fact that we are taking in more energy from food than we are burning”.
This study is by no means saying that physical activity is not important, on the contrary it clearly is. However, what it does highlight is the fact that a lack of physical activity is certainly not single handedly responsible for our expanding waistlines, and we must begin to take more responsibility for the calories we are consuming on a daily basis.
If you are overweight and are finding that exercise alone is not working to bring you down to a weight which is considered healthy, it may be that you need to re-evaluate your diet and eating habits. Often we can get into unhealthy eating patterns and regularly consume far more than we need, eventually meaning our bodies become used to this level and volume of food and calories.
If you have slipped into the habit of consuming too much food on a regular basis then you may find hypnotherapy could benefit you. Hypnotherapy for weight loss works by challenging negative thoughts and behavior patterns and replacing them with new healthier patterns, whilst gastric band hypnotherapy is a technique which uses hypnosis to convince individuals they have undergone the genuine procedure but without the cost and side effects.
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