In this series, we’re having our team of specialized Health Advisors bust common health-related myths. 

Busting Myths with Pack Health

When it comes to losing and maintaining weight, the idea of having to hit the gym and work off what you ate usually sets us up to fail. You may have heard the saying, “You can’t outwork a bad diet.” Well, there is some truth to that. Think about it: In 3 minutes you can consume a 1,000 calorie burger while it would take you 1 hour of intense cardio exercise to burn that 1,000 calories off. And let’s face it, who wants to go exercise for an hour right after eating a giant cheeseburger? Now, this isn’t saying that exercise isn’t important when it comes to losing weight, because it definitely is. It’s just not the only component.

Important Factors to Weight Loss

So, what is the key to successful weight loss? Well, there are a few things. Firstly, a healthy diet is key. It’s important to be mindful of portion sizes and calories consumed. The excess calories we consume and do not use for energy, are converted to sugar and then converted to fat for long-term storage and later use. Keep in mind that not all calories are created equally. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins all contain vitamins and minerals that improve our body’s metabolism (that helps us burn more calories throughout the day), ability to burn fat, and ultimately help us feel better overall. You won’t get the same nutritional benefit from a scoop of ice cream that you would a cup of fresh fruit.

Secondly, exercise does play a role in weight management. Exercise not only contributes to increased strength, but it can also increase your metabolism. More importantly, it can prevent or manage chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even some cancers. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that we get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise each week.

Lastly, managing sleep and stress are important when it comes to weight maintenance. Sleep deprivation can cause changes to your hunger and satiety hormones, ghrelin and leptin, which can cause increased cravings and less satiety at meals. Chronic stress can increase cortisol levels and create a bigger appetite as well.

Now that you have the knowledge, the next step is putting it into action! If lingering questions or concerns are holding you back, talk to your Health Advisor. We’re here to help.

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