One of the top New Year resolutions every January is to lose weight. While people may leave behind a number of things on their journey from one year to another, what they do carry forward. Are those extra kilos.
In an article published in CNN, Alexxai Kravitz, an investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, pointed out that there are three main components t energy expenditure.
They include the basal metabolic rate, diet- induced thermogenesis (breaking down food) and physical activity.
According to Kravitz, for most people, basal metabolic rate accounts for 60-80% of total energy expenditure.
About 10% of the calories are burned digesting the food one eats, which means roughly 10- 30% are lost through physical activity.
According to calculation made by Harvard Medical School, one could easily undo the calories burnt in 30 minutes of walking could be completely canceled out with just a few mixed drinks or a piece of cake.
The conclusion by the author is that if one has to lose weight, one is better off not working out and just simply eating less.