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Does Exercise Alone Lead to Weight Loss? Surprisingly, it depends on your mindset...

As my most astute readers already know, I don't think that exercise – especially cardio – in and of itself is a very viable solution to weight loss. In fact, I'd go as far as to make the argument that exercise is not necessarily for everyone just starting out with fitness.

Now, I'm probably in disagreement with 99% of the population here (which should tell you something about going against the grain, since I probably get the top 1% of results from sedentary individuals), but I'm not alone.

I've written about this before. Cardio is just not a good ROI of your time, because it's not an effective weight loss therapy. And thankfully, other reputable folk have a similar opinion.

Yet, I've also met a non-trivial amount of people in the wild who claim to have lost weight with exercise – mostly cardio – and no explicit dietary intervention. (I can only name one person who claims that she dropped a considerable amount of weight from strength training alone with no dietary intervention.) These stories cannot automatically be disregarded.

Naturally, this got me thinking. Is there a certain cohort out there that successfully loses weight from exercise alone? If so, what's different about them?

The Myth of Willpower and "Eat Less, Move More"

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Why do some people succeed at fitness while others fail miserably? If there were ever a subject I could be called “obsessed” with, this would be it.

This subject pains me greatly; it pains me, because if people simply internalized the things I'm about to say, obesity would cease to be an epidemic.

Yet even the smartest people think about fitness in the wrong way. They'll often reduce fitness down to “eating less and moving more.”

As an example, I’ll often see the smartest tech minds in Silicon Valley become enamored by the latest fitness gadget. These same people constantly struggle to get fit, as evidenced by the tweets from these very same devices. (This also leads me to believe that there is no correlation between fitness IQ and actual IQ, but that’s a different subject altogether.)

You see, the biggest myth in all of fitness and nutrition is that people fail because they're lazy about exercise... that they fail because they didn't have the willpower to "eat less, move more." 

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