Can you outrun a muffin?
- Posted on: Dec 20 2017
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I have been practicing obesity medicine for 5 years. There is no excuse that we have not heard. Excuses for gaining weight generally fall into different categories: stress (personal or family), holidays/parties, travel, illness (personal or family). There are more but those are the few that come to mind off the top of my head.
One common excuse that the patients give is that they are not able to exercise. Science shows that for the non-athlete, exercise has little to no effect on weight loss. That does not mean that I discourage exercise. Au contraire, in my opinion, exercise helps with general wellness and general health. It prevents disease and helps with depression and stress. It even helps you sleep better.
Last year I went on vacation and I (actually) went to the gym. There was a friendly man in his late 20’s/early 30’s. He was ripped and in amazing shape. I joked with him that after my one day in the gym that I would look like him. His response was eye-opening. He said that to look like him it is almost 100% related to what I put in my mouth and has little to do with what I do in the gym. So I left the gym and went to the bar…just kidding.
I put my Fitbit down that tells me that I am burning 1000 calories walking on my treadmill and did some actual research.
An average muffin is 400 calories
As a general rule, you have to run 40 minutes at 6 mph to burn 400 calories. Not many of my patients could do that. Most of my patients walk for exercise. With that in mind, walking will burn about 100 calories per mile. So one muffin equals 4 miles of walking or one hour of walking at 4 miles per hour. According to this argument, you won’t start burning your own fat until after walking 4 miles and have burned off the muffin.
There is no doubt that you can burn calories exercising but it is not easy to outrun a muffin
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