Eat Less. Exercise More.

Ignore fad diets. Weight loss is a simple concept: Eat Less, Exercise More.

Yahoo! News – Study Tells Overweight Adults to Walk

Participants who got no exercise during the eight-month study gained an average of almost 2.5 pounds. But 73 percent of those who briskly walked 11 miles a week, or about 30 minutes a day, were able to maintain their weight or even lose a few pounds.

The study […] involved 120 overweight or mildly obese adults who were instructed not to diet during the research.

The study confirms that exercise without cutting calories is not the most effective way to lose weight, said Dr. Samuel Klein, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

But demonstrating that small amounts of exercise alone can prevent weight gain is significant, given the nation’s growing obesity epidemic, Klein said.

It is reassuring to know that if you really are a couch potato, you’re hosed; while even a little exercise (such as lunchtime walks, or the walk to/from commuter transit) can make a difference…

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posted at 12:05 pm on Friday, January 23, 2004 in Science and Technology | Comments (1)

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  1. Jeff K says:

    Your weight-watcher’s experience (and now mine — 1 week and going strong) tells us that it’s not quite so cut and dry. I never knew that a double whopper with cheese was more than a day’s supply of food [for some people], and yet a nice small oatmeal breakfast, a 0-point vegetable soup for lunch, diet drinks and a decent amount of a properly prepared stew for dinner, which I’m sure is more mass than the whopper, comes in as a weight-reduction diet. So it’s less, but not food, rather points [I use the word points, because WW uses a formula for fiber+calories+fat to calc. points]. In fact, if I budget my day right, I can still go to a restaurant for dinner. Oh and just as another example, if I like the taste of KFC, I can get it, but I have to drink a diet drink and give the salad to the kids — at least according to the points system. I did not know that I should not go below a certain amount of points in one day either — no crash diets. Can you tell us what your experience with “flex points” was?

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