Hitting The Gym Every Day Doesn't Help You Lose Weight, According To A Study

Losing weight is basically a calories-in versus calories-out game, right? If you want to burn off that slice of pizza you just ate, go for a run. That will cancel it out, and it'll be like you never ate it at all.

Not so fast.

These days, it seems like everyone works out, and it's true; according to a recent study, between 1988 and 2006, men increased how much they exercised by 50 percent, and women more than doubled how much they exercised.

Despite this increase in movement, there was also a 12 percent increase in obesity.

Although exercise is great for a lot of reasons, like stress reduction and better sleep quality, you can't eat a box of doughnuts just because you went to hot yoga.

What gives? According to recent research published in the journal Current Biology, our bodies adapt to how active we are.

So, if you go from sedentary to active, you might initially see a change in your weight due to exercise, but eventually, your body will adjust to your activity level and start saving calories burned during exercise to store energy.

I know. It's a cold, cruel world out there.

If you're surprised by this information, don't feel too bad about it. Big companies, like Coca-Cola, actually fund research in the hopes of proving obesity is a result of lack of exercise rather than poor diet -- which makes sense considering the sugary drink leads to weight gain and has zero nutritional value.

You should still go to yoga and kickboxing class (if that's your jam), just don't use it as an excuse to eat a pint of ice cream.

Citations: Exercise in Futility (The Atlantic)