Aug 15th 2011 5:22PM I believe that we eat under emotional duress due to increase of cortisol (a stress hormone) and that sugar (glucose/fructose) is a well known cortisol curtailing compound (thus lowers your stress).
Aug 15th 2011 5:16PM Weight gain is a metabolic deficiency not a movement deficiency. Exercise will increase the use of stored fats at rest if it's increasing the metabolic rate. For most, that process isn't happening because adding another stressor to the mix suppresses the metabolic rate further and the trainee treads water in his/her weight management efforts. A hypothyroid individual cannot turn on T3 production after exercise; a healthy individual can. Temp and pulse can tell you alot about whether your exercise strategy is helping or hurting you in that regard.
The current exercise minded methdology for weight loss is stress driven lipolysis in which the glycogen depeleted trainee lowers his/her blood sugar causing a rise in adrenaline (and cortisol) which frees fatty acids from stored to be used a fuel. So you do indeed get fat loss but it's at the expense of your own tissues, immune and thyroid suppression, a rise in inflammatory mediators, and accelerated aging. A low carb diet is a similar approach.