Moderate Physical Activity

Minimal Effect on Weight Loss w/o Caloric Restriction

Moderate Physical Activity - Minimal Effect on Weight Loss w/o Caloric Restriction
Many people think their couch potato lifestyle is responsible for their potbellies. A review of literature by scientists from the University of Wisconsin led by Dale Scholler concluded that physical activity by itself is overrated as a weight-loss method. There is little evidence that physically active people gain less excess weight than people who don’t exercise. Other studies have found that people must run 20 miles per week or more to lose significant amounts of weight without dieting. However, exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, increases energy levels and prevents premature death. Weight loss requires a combination of increased physical activity and caloric restriction. Also, regular exercise promotes weight maintenance after weight loss. (Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition Metabolic Care, 14:419-424)

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