Exercise is crucial. It helps health in a number of ways from preventing diseases to reducing some of their symptoms as well. It also encourages weight loss and maintenance. If you question which is more important, diet or exercise, when it comes to weight maintenance, know that exercise trumps diet. A new study shows this. Let’s dive into this latest research below.
What Does This New Study Reveal?
A new research which has been published in the journal of Obesity shows that exercise wins over diet when it comes to weight maintenance. For the purpose of the study, participants who were able to keep their weight off for a more than a year were hired. These people had lost around 30 pounds and were able to maintain it by not restricting their dietary intake but by engaging in more exercise.
These weight loss maintainers consumed as well as burned 300 calories more than people with a normal weight. In fact, their diet was not much different than that of overweight or obese people. The difference was primarily in exercise, these weight maintainers burned about 180 calories per day through physical activity.
They also took more steps per day, about 12,000 while overweight people took almost half of this, 6,500 steps and normal weighing people took about 9000 steps per day. Findings showed that weight maintainers were eating the same amount as obese or overweight individuals but making up for it by simply exercising more.
Prior to losing weight, these weight loss maintainers weighed as much as obese individuals at 213 pounds and their current weight was as that of normal weighing people at 150 pounds. The total energy expenditure of these participants was also checked by making use of the gold standard doubly labeled water method. The resting metabolic rate of these individuals was checked too.
How Does Exercise Help With Weight Loss?
While exercise does help with getting extra mass off, it’s role here is not as crucial as it is in keeping lost pounds off by supporting the burning of calories consumed. Countless studies support that exercise cannot alone help with shedding pounds though it supports weight maintenance. Basically, exercise allows you to eat more.
When you move more, the body needs more food for energy expenditure. However, when you move less, the body requires less food. In short, while exercise can help with weight loss, don’t expect it to be the sole measure that you need to take for it..
Exercise plays a role in revving up metabolic activity and enabling one to chop off obstinate pounds. Now a new study applauds its role further with regards to helping people maintain their lost weight. This research has found that those who exercise vigorously can compensate for the high calorie foods they eat and maintain their lost weight.