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15 April 2011

Diet plus exercise is best for weight loss

When it comes to losing weight and body fat, diet and exercise are most effective when done together, compared to either strategy on its own, researchers say.

Everyone knows that eating a low-fat, low-kilojoule diet and getting regular exercise helps shed pounds, but a new study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre has found that when it comes to losing weight and body fat, diet and exercise are most effective when done together, compared to either strategy on its own.

"We were surprised at how successful the women were," McTiernan said. "Even though this degree of weight loss may not bring an obese individual to normal weight, losing even this modest amount can bring health benefits such as a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer."

  • exercise only (goal: 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise per day, five days a week, including three days at the Hutchison Centre's exercise facility);
  • diet only (goal: 5,040kJ to 8,400kJ a day, depending on starting weight, and fewer than 30% of daily kilojoules from fat);
  • exercise and diet (with the same goals as above); and
  • no intervention.

 
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