What Works for “Biggest Loser” Contestants: Diet or Exercise?

When you’re trying to lose weight there are two words that can motivate just about anyone: goal weight. But what happens next, after you reach that coveted number? For most “Biggest Loser” contestants, what happens is that they gain the weight back — but not all of them.

new study of “Biggest Loser” contestants uncovers one reason why some contestants succeed at weight-loss maintenance, when others don’t. People who live an extremely active daily lifestyle — including at least 80 minutes of moderate activity or 35 minutes of vigorous activity — maintain their weight loss.

“The messaging is you can keep the weight off, but you have to find a way to incorporate a lot of exercise into everyday life,” said Kevin Hall, an author of the paper in the journal Obesity, and chief of the Integrative Physiology Section at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland.

Excerpted from today.com

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