Nutrition can be an endlessly confusing science, full of contradictory information — Does expensive really mean healthier? Is a vegan diet actually good for you? What does moderation even mean, anyway? — but every so often, you run into a decision that seems like a no-brainer. Like, for example, whether it’s better to satisfy your sweets craving with a handful of gummy vitamins or a handful of actual gummy candy. Both are made pretty much entirely of substances you can’t pronounce, but one is actually good for you. Obviously, you go with the vitamins.
How do you lose weight? Diet and exercise. That much has been ingrained in us since youth. So you take up a fad diet, get a gym membership, toil away for weeks and are left wondering why the formula for weight loss does not work for you. It turns out, you’re not so different from everybody else. Over the past several years, studies have shown us that half of what we learned about weight loss is wrong.
As it turns out, exercise is great for your overall health, immune system, and longevity, but it’s not so great at shedding those extra pounds. In the end, it really isn’t all that helpful for losing weight.