Friday, January 30, 2009

ACSM Position Stand On Physical Activity And Weight Loss Now Available

“The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has published its Position Stand ‘Appropriate Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults,’ updating its previous guidelines, particularly as it relates to the increased levels of physical activity that may be necessary for prevention of weight gain, for weight loss and for prevention of weight regain. The official ACSM pronouncement is published in the February 2009 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. The paper is a companion to ‘Weight Management,’ a position paper published by the American Dietetic Association in the February issue Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Together, the statements provide a thorough, scientific overview of two of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle: exercise and nutrition. Among its recommendations, the ACSM Position Stand emphasizes physical activity and its relation to weight loss and weight management. Its prominent points include: Weight management is an urgent public health issue, with more than 66 percent of U.S. adults either overweight or obese. Health improvements in chronic disease risk factors can be realized with as little as a 2- to 3-percent reduction in excess body weight. Greater amounts of physical activity are likely to be needed to achieve weight loss and prevent weight regain in adults. The panel recognized the amounts in these categories: […] – prevent weight gain, weight loss, maintenance after weight loss.”



http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/137328.php

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