If so, you better line them out!
Fitness is fabulous and probably like you, Doctor, we believe should absolutely be a part of everyone’s health and wellness plan. No sensible person or qualified practitioner would deny that. So, as you read this blog please be very clear: we ARE advocates of fitness!
But, do YOUR patients know that research routinely proves it’s more important for them to EAT RIGHT for weight loss than to try to exercise their way to skinny? And … do YOU have a proven program to help them do exactly that?
Before we share about this fact, let’s quickly dig into some numbers that show how many people and how much money is being spent on fitness these days in America. First, is a simple chart from statista.com
That graph shows the years across the bottom and the numbers of people (in tens of millions) along the left side. Note the steady growth trend in gym memberships in the U.S. from 2000 through 2017 pointing out that fitness centers had a total membership of 60.87 million in 2017.
Now let’s talk money … In a September, 2017 article on Marketwatch.com, Steven Kutz, a deputy personal finance editor, stated in the 12 months prior Americans had spent $33 billion on sports equipment and $19 billion on gym memberships. That’s $52 BILLION! Here’s that source link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-how-much-americans-spend-on-sports-in-one-chart-2017-09-11
No matter how you slice it, when you put these couple of statistics together they clearly show that a BUNCH of people are investing a BUNCH of money to exercise, get fit … or whatever. As we all know many, many, many of those people are buying and signing up in an effort to LOSE WEIGHT!
But hold on … something is clearly NOT matching up!
Unfortunately, we all know during the same period of time referenced above for growing gym memberships, we have also seen a simultaneous ramping up of Americans being overweight and obese. We share those numbers over and over in a variety of ways in this blog and repeatedly state that the numbers truly are EPIDEMIC!
So, here’s the TRUTH people need to know!
There are many studies which demonstrate that weight loss is more dependent on eating than exercising. One New York Times article from June 2015 we like to reference shares numerous such studies that prove this to be true. It was written by Aaron E. Carroll, a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. Check it out for yourself at the link below: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/upshot/to-lose-weight-eating-less-is-far-more-important-than-exercising-more.html
Allow us to share just one excerpt from Carroll’s article which very clearly makes our point:
“Exercise has many benefits, but there are problems with relying on it to control weight. First, it’s just not true that Americans, in general, aren’t listening to calls for more activity. From 2001 to 2009, the percentage of people who were sufficiently physically active increased. But so did the percentage of Americans who were obese. The former did not prevent the latter.
Studies confirm this finding. A 2011 meta-analysis, a study of studies, looked at the relationship between physical activity and fat mass in children, and found that being active is probably not the key determinant in whether a child is at an unhealthy weight. In the adult population, interventional studies have difficulty showing that a physically active person is less likely to gain excess weight than a sedentary person. Further, studies of energy balance, and there are many of them, show that total energy expenditure and physical activity levels in developing and industrialized countries are similar, making activity and exercise unlikely to be the cause of differing obesity rates”.
Again, we are advocates of fitness! As a doctor, we know you probably are, too. In fact, we always want our clients to engage in healthy – and ideally the proper fitness for their unique body (our DNA testing actually helps us identify that!) But, if you have patients who are frustrated with their repeated attempts (and money spent) trying to lose weight through fitness then perhaps it’s time we talk. You can help them succeed in their efforts by introducing them to The Activate Metabolics Program! Of course, as you help them, YOU win, too!