We have successfully treated many patients who are unable to exercise due to physical problems such as heart disease and arthritic joint mobility problems. We don’t require exercise because it’s not the most effective way to lose weight. With roughly 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, it would take the average person over 8 hours of moderate exercise on a treadmill to burn off just 1 lb of fat – the Dr. Bernstein Program is just more effective at reducing your excess weight without all the work.
There is no doubt that exercise is very beneficial for your cardiovascular system, strength, general health and sense of well-being, and it is always recommended. Many of our patients are on supervised exercise regimes while on our diet.
As well, many overweight people are in poor medical condition to exercise, so our program is uniquely suited to help them regain their health. We do encourage exercise once they achieved significant weight loss and their medical condition (e.g. cardiovascular disease, severe asthma, arthritis, etc) has improved.