According to a very interesting study, which the journal Diabetes recently published, a mouse will run on the wheel, but this won’t make it burn many extra calories. The reason? The mouse will begin moving differently once off the wheel. The implications are interesting and while this study was conducted on mice, it could also shed some light on weight loss when it comes to humans. It’s worth noting that over the years, many studies have concluded that in order to lose weight, one should not simply exercise regularly.
Most experiments proved that people lost a lot less weight than expected, even if they were exercising. The idea behind this is that, according to experts, all beings become exhausted and hungry while exercising, which makes them eat more when they’re not. They could also grow to become even more sedentary outside exercising hours, thinking that the effort they made was enough to burn calories. Usually, it’s not. But proving this idea has proven to be very difficult mostly because you cannot track every single movement someone makes. However, a team of experts came up with the idea of using infrared light beams to track the mice’s every movement.
Exercise alone might not help you lose weight
Sophisticated and advanced software than analyzed these movements and created daily patterns of physical activity. So, scientists at Vanderbilt University thought they could use this technology to track mice’s movements and find out whether or not exercise makes them lose weight. After studying these patterns, the team reached the conclusion that the mice tended to change their movements after running on the wheel. They immediately became less active.
So, this way of spending their time counteracted the extra calories they burned on the running wheels. However, it’s important to remember that mice are not humans, the researchers say. So, it remains to be seen in future experiments if this also applies to people.
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