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Debunking the Hunter-Gatherer Workout

Posted by tinako on September 21, 2012

I read an interesting article in the N.Y. Times recently, “Debunking the Hunter-Gatherer Workout.”  Pontzer, the researcher, measured the energy output of one of the last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers, in order to see if it’s true that modern societies are becoming obese because we are more sedentary.  He found that while they walk much more than the rest of us do, their energy output is not higher because their bodies compensate by becoming more efficient.

He concludes that diet, not lack of exercise, is what is making us obese.

This reinforces other studies I’ve seen.  Click on the Nutrition-Exercise category to the left to see more like this.

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