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We have always been told that to lose weight you need to eat less and exercise more - but according to an exercise physiologist this simply isn't true.
Australian Drew Harrisberg told Body+Soul that although weight loss involves achieving a calorie deficit it's a lot more complex than just that.
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He explained that the average person only burns a few hundred calories during a workout, which means that throughout the day it can be easy to outdo the calories that have been burnt in the gym.
'Just because calories count, doesn't mean you should count your calories,' he told the publication.
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So what makes exercise an effective way to lose fat if it's not about the calories you burn?
Drew said exercise triggers a variety of other physiological mechanisms that affects how your body utilises fuel.
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'Exercise stimulates your body to burn more than you store, long after your workout is over. Yep, let that sink in. So, most of the benefits of exercise occur outside of the gym,' he said.
One thing exercise improves is insulin sensitivity which plays an important role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.
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Insulin helps to promote fat storage and inhibits fat burning which means you want to have low insulin levels to achieve your ideal physique.
This means the more sensitive you are to insulin the less of it you will need to lose...
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