This study just blew up a major weight loss myth

There are many different workouts that aim to get you the results you’re looking for, whether it’s to add mass and strength or shed a few pounds. Regular exercise is encouraged by health professionals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults getting 150 minutes each week of exercise. That target doesn’t need to be done in one day — 30 minutes here and there across seven days could make that easily obtainable, but then life gets in the way and we’re stuck wondering how we can cram 100 minutes into Sunday.

The truth is: there’s no secret recipe for getting the best results that you want to achieve. Scientists says working out at a specific time will help you lose more weight. There’s apparently a 20-year-old diet that allows you to eat whatever you want (and lose weight). And don’t forget about the 4-second workout that will help you lose fat; that exists too.

But what if exercise — regular exercise — didn’t help you lose weight, but actually increased the chances of gaining weight? That’s possible too, according to research.

An international study conducted by researchers from Loyola University Chicago in Illinois in 2017 found that exercise isn’t the key to weight control or loss. The study, published in the journal PeerJ, found that neither exercise nor sedentary time were associated with weight gain but after observing data from experiments, researchers found that total weight gain was greeted in participants that met physical activity guidelines.

The study included data from five countries: the US, South Africa, Jamaica, Ghana, and Seychelles. Researchers had participants track their activity via tracking devices that calculated their activity. It measures indicators like energy expenditure and step count, while researchers also tallied participants’ weight, height, and body fat over the course of two years.

The interesting finding from this study was that people who participated in moderate-internist aerobic experience for at least 150 minutes a week — similar to the CDC’s recommendation — gained more weight than others who opted to not workout that long.

The reasoning as to why is pretty simple: researchers said physical activity can increase appetite, which means people may have to eat more in order to satisfy their appetite, or try to be less active than they were.

While sedentary lifestyles could seem like a dead giveaway for weight gain, researchers said there was no direct correlation between the two. When it comes to predicting weight gain, it revolves around a few factors, such as age, weight, and gender.

If you’re someone considering changing their diet, the key to potentially losing weight is getting ahead in the early weeks of the diet, according to one recent study. When setting longterm goals, the first weeks are important because preparation can be your best friend by helping get your mind in the right frame in regards to tracking food, meal prep, and understanding what you’re consuming.