Exercise Beats Diet in Maintaining Weight Loss
A new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) has revealed that physical activity does more to maintain substantial weight loss than diet.
The study, published in the March issue of Obesity, was selected as the Editor’s Choice article.
“By providing evidence that a group of successful weight-loss maintainers engages in high levels of physical activity to prevent weight regain – rather than chronically restricting their energy intake – is a step forward to clarifying the relationship between exercise and weight-loss maintenance.”
The findings reveal that successful weight-loss maintainers rely on physical activity to remain in energy balance (rather than chronic restriction of dietary intake) to avoid weight regain.
In the study, successful weight-loss maintainers are individuals who maintain a reduced body weight of 30 pounds or more for over a year.
Victoria A. Catenacci, MD, a weight management physician and researcher at CU Anschutz Medical Campus, said: “Our findings suggest that this group of successful weight-loss maintainers is consuming a similar number of calories per day as individuals with overweight and obesity but appear to avoid weight regain by compensating for this with high levels of physical activity.”
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