Nestle recently published new research saying they have identified an enzyme called AMPK that regulates the body's metabolism and now they're using their new discovery to develop "exercise in a bottle." Amazing, right? Who wouldn't want this?
Multitasking is the name of the game for most of us. But take it from me, a person who has had an ulcer, a diet pill problem and a five-year stint on anti-depressant meds, it's not all it's cracked up to be. And while the lure of the quick fix is real, the reality might not be so shiny.
Here are 10 reasons that "exercise in a bottle" wouldn't be worth it — even if it worked:
"Let's be honest, the Nestle move is more about selling a product than trying to help people," says Adam Bornstein, founder of Born Fitness and The New York Times bestselling author. Besides, he says, "Haven't we seen this before, from magical cleanses to fat-burning pills? The body is a complex machine. Trying to identify one factor that is linked to fat loss and trigger that effect is like saying, 'We've bottled what makes you fall in love. Take this and you'll find the one!'"
"Tell people they can drink something instead of exercise and it just gives them a reason to do so," Bornstein says.
Bornstein explains that drinking this can't improve blood flow or prevent cardiovascular disease, one of the best benefits of exercise when it comes to longevity, because that improvement only happens with movement.
One of the proven ways to prevent osteoporosis or bone loss as we age is weight-bearing exercise like running or lifting weights. Your bones grow in response to the stress you put on them and the eight ounces in a bottle is definitely not going to do that.
This could turn into a vicious cycle, Bornstein points out. "It won't help keep your muscles strong, which is what allows you to move in the first place. Muscles also boost your metabolism and help you to process food more effectively so you can ward off fat."
Being prone to lifelong anxiety and depression (my family tree is a weeping willow), probably the best benefits of exercise for me are the mental benefits I get. My daily workout makes me feel happier, more energetic, more positive and forces me out of bed on days I might not otherwise want to leave the house. And I'm not the only one. Research has shown that exercise works just as well for mild to moderate depression as medication does. (For the record I do both.)
Ever noticed how you get all your best ideas during your morning run or even the walk to the mailbox? In addition to boosting your mood, recent research has found that simply walking helps activate the parts of our brain used for imagination and creative thinking.
"The quality and quantity of your food is a huge factor in your health so if you stop going to the gym and don't reduce how much you're eating, then even if you don't gain weight, you'll still be gaining fat," says Erica Giovinazzo, a registered dietitian and CrossFit trainer. "Eventually all that will catch up with you. Remember short-term fixes will only get you short-term results."
"With movement it really is as simple as 'use it or lose it,'" Bornstein says, pointing out that balance, agility, flexibility and strength are all learned skills that get better with practice. "The last thing we need is to give people a reason to move less. Anything is good, even something as simple as walking."
"A lot of people forget that exercise isn't about fat loss; it's about health," Bornstein explains. "So trying to minimize its importance for your longevity and well-being is a massive disservice."
Still think it sounds great? If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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