Diet Key to Weight Loss, Not Exercise
February 16, 2007
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Most of us hear the best way to lose weight is through both diet and exercise. A new study reveals exercising may not have much influence.
Researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., found dieting alone is as effective as dieting plus exercise. Researchers put participants in three groups. The first had a reduced calorie diet with no exercise, the second group had a reduced calorie diet and exercise, and the third was a control group. The results showed the first and second groups lost about 10 percent of their body weight and 24 percent of their fat mass.
So what is the next step for researchers? Understanding how the abdominal and subcutaneous fat (the fat just below the skin) is stored. Although the study shows you can still achieve weight loss without exercise, it is still important for your health to stay in shape.
Source: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, doi: 10. 1210/jc.2006-2184
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