Lewis Capaldi was pretty delighted after hearing a doctor tell Steven Bartlett that ‘exercise doesn’t help weight loss’.
The Scottish singer recently shared a short clip of himself celebrating after listening to a recent episode of Bartlett’s The Diary Of A CEO featuring Doctor Tim Spector:
Capaldi’s TikTok followers were also quick to welcome the news, with one person posting: “This is revolutionary.”
Another wrote: “HELLO 2023 THE YEAR OF NO EXERCISE.”
Someone else joked: “Just threw my multi-gym out my window and ordered a kebab.”
And a fourth person wrote: “The news we’ve all been waiting for.”
However, before you or Capaldi cancel that gym membership, Spector did go on to clarify a few things about his claims to Bartlett.
In the podcast, Bartlett tells Spector that he and his pals have a group chat in which they track their workouts, but that ‘pretty much no one’ in the group has lost weight in the year since they started monitoring their exercise levels.
Spector replied: “There’s very little role in weight loss [for exercise]. All of the long-term studies show that it doesn’t help weight loss and that it’s been grossly exaggerated as an ‘easy-fix’ for our obesity problem.”
Bartlett then asks outright: “Exercise doesn’t help weight loss?”
With Spector answering: “No – all the studies show that. The only caveat to that, is if you have changed your diet – improved your diet – and you’ve lost some weight, maintaining some exercise does stop it from going back on again.
“But on its own, if you don’t change your diet, it’s of no use and that’s well-known now by all the obesity experts and all the studies.”
Spector went on to stress that exercise is ‘great for your health’, ‘fantastic for your mood’ and ‘great for your heart’, explaining that he himself exercises regularly and so should everyone else, but added: “If you’re goal is weight loss, you have to do something about your diet.”
The doctor said it was more important to focus on cleaning up your diet, if weight loss is your goal.
Spector, who wrote the books The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat and Spoon Fed, argues against low-fat and fad diets and instead suggests people stick to a varied high-fibre, whole-food-style diet with plenty of nuts and vegetables. So no kebabs, then? Right.