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Gentler Exercise as Effective for Weight Loss as Strenuous: Study

Gentler Exercise as Effective for Weight Loss as Strenuous: Study

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:43 AM


Losing weight was the top New Year's resolution for 2017 with more than 1 in 5 Americans vowing to lose weight and eat healthier. Many also added exercise to their routine, in hopes of improving their health as well as helping them lose weight.


If you're in the group that's combining exercise with a diet, gentle exercise is as good as a more strenuous workout as long as you're burning the same number of calories, says a study published in the journal Physiological Reports.


Researchers from the University of Bath showed that demanding exercise doesn't by itself bring health benefits that you can't get with more moderate activity. In addition, moderate activity may be more suitable for people who have been less active.


Scientists recruited 38 sedentary and overweight men and post-menopausal women with an average age of 52. They were asked to combine a reduction in calories with a five-times-per-week exercise program for three weeks.


Half of the group exercised vigorously on a treadmill, while the other half exercised at half the intensity.


Before and after the three-week monitoring period, participants had blood insulin measured and biopsies of fat tissue taken both before and after the three-week period. At the end of the study, both groups lost the same amount of weight.


Improvements in insulin sensitivity and metabolic health were detected in both groups, and both groups experienced a similar reduction in fat mass, blood pressure, cholesterol and a range of other measures.


In addition, positive changes in the activation of genes within fat cells in both groups were also found. The vast majority of these changes were unaffected by the intensity of the exercise.


"Three weeks of increased exercise combined with a reduction in dietary intake had a dramatic impact on the overall health of the participants and on key genes within their fat tissue," said the report's lead author Dr. Jean-Philippe Walhin. "However, our data demonstrates that what really matters is how many calories were used up by exercising in total, not so much the intensity of the exercise sessions."


Although the new year starts with good intentions, about 80 percent of people drop their New Year's resolutions by the second week of February, and only about 8 percent actually achieve their goals.


 

 

 

 

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