Exercise Better Than Dieting for Improving Metabolic Health

Most studies show that effective weight loss requires cutting calories as well as exercising more. However, calorie cutting alone does little to improve metabolic health. Researchers from Changi General Hospital in Singapore compared weight loss and metabolic health in people attempting to lose weight through diet or exercise alone during a 24-week weight-loss study. Patients in both groups lost nearly eight pounds, but markers of inflammation and blood sugar regulation improved more in the exercise group. Exercise is the most important way of improving metabolic health. Trying to lose weight through caloric restriction alone is counterproductive for long-term health, appearance and longevity. (International Journal Sports Nutrition Exercise Metabolism, Published Online May 22, 2015)

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