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August 13, 2008

Moderate Exercise Not Enough For Obese

A new study says that the recommended 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on most days of the week is not enough. This amount of exercise is not substantial enough to cause weight loss. If you are obese you will not benefit from this amount of activity. Instead, you will need to do at least an hours at a time.

The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. This adds to the notion that more exercise is better when you are looking to lose weight. The study followed 200 overweight and obese women for two years. They ranged in age from 21 to 45 and they all were given treadmills, went to regular meeting and had phone consultations conducted to help keep them on track.

The calorie intake of the participants ranged form 1,200 to 1,500 a day. There were four physical activity levels that varied in intensity. After two years, the women that had lost 10% of their weight exercised twice as long as the women that had no change in their weight. 68 minutes a day of exercise was what the women who lost the most weight were doing. They also worked out five days a week and the increase in activity was about 55 minutes longer than what they did before the trail.

A friend of mine was very upset to hear this. She is not happy with the 30 minutes a day she has been doing to try to lose weight. However, one thing that is not apparent in this study is what the women consumed in their 1,200 to 1,500 calories. All calories are not created equal and depending on what the women ate, that could have had an effect on what went on with their weight loss.

Working out more should not be viewed as a burden. One great way more exercise in is to join a sports team of some sort. If you play a couple of soccer games a week and work out a little on the side, you will have what you need to lose weight. Another thing that this study found was that most of the women that lost the 10% of their body weight ended up gaining it back. This is something that seems to happen to many people that lose weight. I think that once the weight is gone, people slip back into their old habits of not working out and eating too many calories.

The debate about whether or not diet and exercise are a cure for obesity is not really a debate. The reason why it is a debate is because people want things to be easy. Weight loss is very difficult and you have to be willing to push yourself and alter the way you think about food. If you do not do these things you will wind up over weight again. There s nothing else to do but take this information and accept it. If you want to lose weight you are going to have to exercise even more than you thought you would.

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  1. Janardhanaya | Feb 14, 2009 | Reply

    I wouldn’t as a rule comment to someone’s blog however I liked this post so I felt forced to do so. Straying off topic slightly, what are your views about walking? Which is generally being put forward as the best exercise to burn fat.

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