Researchers say that beyond a certain point energy requirements plateau A recent US study has found that those who undertake moderate levels of activity will typically burn as many calories as those who do significantly more. The researchers concluded that metabolism adapts to the volume of exercise a person does so that effort beyond a certain ‘sweet spot’ does not require additional energy.
Carried out by researchers at the City University of New York and published in the journal Current Biology, the study looked at the daily energy requirements of over 300 men and women in five countries across Africa and North America over the course of a week.
While those who led moderate lifestyles – cycling to work or visiting the gym twice a week – burned 200 calories more than those who were more sedentary, it was found that the number of calories burnt plateaued among those who exercised more.
Lead scientist Dr Herman Pontzer said the main message was for people not to rely on exercise alone when trying to lose weight. “Exercise is really important for your health. That’s the first thing I mention to anyone asking about the implications of this work for exercise. "There is […]