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Today's Dietitian
E-Newsletter    January 2023
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Editor's E-Note

Does More Exercise = Greater Weight Loss?

Clients and patients have long believed that the more they exercise the more weight they’ll lose if they eat a healthful diet. And while this may work for many people initially when they begin a weight loss journey, is more exercise long term really the answer to greater weight loss?

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) presents a different perspective on exercise quantity and weight loss by researcher Herman Pontzer, PhD, which may seem counterintuitive to your clients—but he may be on to something.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at www.TodaysDietitian.com to read the digital edition of our January issue, which includes articles on culinary medicine, sustainable product claims, mindful snacking, and the best dietary strategies for managing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at TDeditor@gvpub.com, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
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E-News Exclusive


New Perspective on the Role of Exercise in Weight Loss

By Densie Webb, PhD, RD

“Eat right and exercise” is the long-held advice for helping clients and patients lose weight. But is it the best recommendation? The dietary aspect of this advice still stands strong—eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and less sugar, salt, saturated fat, and avoid overly processed foods. None of this has changed. However, one researcher is challenging the second half of this recommendation, ie, that exercising more will help your clients and patients lose weight.

Herman Pontzer, PhD, a professor of evolutionary anthropology and global health at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and author of Burn, says people should reframe how they think about exercise, and health care practitioners should rethink their advice to individuals trying to lose weight. His point of view, which he explains in Burn, is that the way in which the body burns energy is poorly understood, and individuals have gotten the science of energy expenditure fundamentally wrong. It’s not just a matter of what’s typically viewed as calories in and calories out, he says. The body isn’t a product of engineering like a fuel-burning machine, it’s a product of evolution and the human body has evolved to adapt to food intake and conserve energy for survival.

While some of what Pontzer says may seem surprising, many surmise it makes sense. Pontzer says: “People who are physically active each day often have the same daily energy expenditure as people who are more sedentary, even if we’re comparing people who are the same size and percent body fat. People who start a new exercise program will increase their daily energy expenditure initially. But, after a few months, the body seems to adjust and daily energy expenditure will be close to, or even the same as it was before they started exercising.”

Field Notes
How Better Planning, Behavior Regulation May Lead to Eating Less Fat

New research suggests coaching pregnant women who are overweight or obese to improve their ability to plan and make progress toward goals may be key to helping them lower the amount of fat in their diet.

Maternal diet quality affects prenatal development and long-term child health outcomes, but the stress that typically increases during pregnancy—often heightened by concern for fetal health and anxiety over impending parenthood—may derail efforts to focus on healthful eating, previous research has shown.

In this new study, researchers at The Ohio State University set out to identify the pathway between stress and total fat consumption, with a broader goal to evaluate an intervention designed to improve the diets of pregnant women who are overweight or obese.

The study was published recently in the Journal of Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health.

Other Nutrition News
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