Friday, January 8, 2010

For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough

“If you're vowing to lose weight this year, consider adding a regular exercise program while you're cutting calories. Combining the two results in better health outcomes -- such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels -- than simply cutting calories alone, a new study finds. ‘It's better to lose weight with a combination of caloric reduction and exercise rather than caloric reduction alone,’ said study author Dr. Enette Larson-Meyer, an assistant professor of family and consumer science at the University of Wyoming. For the six-month study, the researchers assigned 36 overweight men and women, average age 39, to one of three groups. One group cut calories by 25 percent. The second cut calories by about 12.5 percent and exercised enough to increase energy output by 12.5 percent. A control...

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