Does Exercise Really Help With Weight Loss?

Participants adhering to a calorie-restricted diet who exercised approximately 1.5 hours per week for 1 year had about the same amount of weight loss as those on the same diet who exercised nearly 4 hours per week, according to research presented at Nutrition 2020. The meeting was held virtually after initially being canceled because of concerns about COVID-19.

“These findings confirm that meaningful weight loss can be achieved through behavior-focused modifications,” Carli A. Liguori, MS, RDN, LDN, a visiting instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, told Healio Primary Care. “There is often concern that when exercise is increased, there may be a compensation with a decline in diet quality. This was not the case. All groups maintained significant reductions in calories and fat at the 6- and 12-month time points, regardless of increases in exercise.”

Excerpted from Healios

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