If you’ve ever suspected that exercise wasn’t as helpful in weight loss as you’d have thought it would be, you’ll want to read this article to get a glimpse of emerging science on the subject
I often counsel patients that you can’t reduce weight with exercise alone – you have to change what goes down the chute. An interesting factor which they are still working out could explain why recent generations are so much taller – turns out it is probably their relatively less physical exertion allows consumed calories to increase growth which can result in greater height. The article really doesn’t specifically mention that as it speaks more to shortness of hunter-gatherer tribesmen, but this was a natural extension of the “constrained total energy expenditure theory” that they are working on.
Interesting article. Metabolism is just as complicated as you thought it was.