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30 Minutes Exercise Is Not Enough

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Study Proves That When It Comes To Exercise For Weight Loss: More Is Better!

According to a recent study, the minimum amount of exercise that obese and overweight women need to fulfill to get them back in shape is 1 hour of daily at least 5 days a week!  This means that 30 minutes of daily exercise is NOT enough to lose weight. If you have been exercising 20 to 30 minutes per day aiming to lose weight and have not experienced much for results, read on to learn why.

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine clearly states that when it comes to long term weight loss and exercise, more is better. A two year weight loss study involving 200 overweight or obese women ages 21 to 45 was led by John Jakicic, chairman of the Department of Health & Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh.

 All the program participants were placed  on a restricted diet of 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day. The women were randomly assigned  to one of 4 groups exercise groups ranging from 1000 to 2000 caloric expenditure, and from high intensity exercises to low intensity exercises. The women who showed the most significant weight loss were exercising twice as long as the recommended or conventionally accepted guidance from health authorities. They were exercising about an hour more than before the study began and burning more than twice the calories than they were before! They lost and kept off 10% of there body weight while the women who were only achieving 30 minutes daily saw no significant change in body weight.

The conclusion was that the more the women exercised, the more weight they lost. Also, those who adhered to the plan maintained their weight loss while others who ditched it did not. At the six month mark, many of the women fell off track and began to regain the weight they had lost, a common and discouraging phenomenon.  So if you want to lose more weight, the bottom line is that you MUST fully embrace your weight loss program and overcome the daily obstacles and impediments to exercising. Be committed, be consistent and be successful.

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