Why Do I Gain Weight When I Exercise?

Why do I tend to gain weight when I exercise and lose weight when I barely move?

The short and unsatisfactory answer is that you are human. A surprisingly large number of people who begin an exercise program subsequently pack on extra pounds. In a 2013 review of scientific studies related to exercise and weight loss, the researchers concluded that most sedentary people who start exercising lose far less weight than would be expected, given how many calories they burn while working out.

As Eric Ravussin, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., told me some time back, “In general, exercise by itself is pretty useless for weight loss.”

Excerpted from well.blogs.nytimes.com

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