According to a study in the Journal of American Medical Association, researchers found that exercise alone was useful in maintaining weight for women, but it had no effect on heavier women trying to lose weight. According to the study which spanned 15 years and thousands of women, exercise is effective in helping women maintain a healthy weight without gaining. In fact, it takes one hour of moderate intensity exercise daily in order for women to avoid gaining weight.
However, in women with a higher body mass index (BMI), exercise, regardless of how much was done, was not effective in reducing or even maintaining the current weight.
The study showed that women who were successful in maintaining normal weight and gaining fewer than 5 pounds over 13 years averaged approximately 60 minutes a day of moderate-intensity activity throughout the study.
While exercise is most certainly an important component of a successful weight loss program, the study highlights the importance of a nutritional program in any efforts relating to bodyweight management. Women who are trying to lose weight should work smart by addressing their nutritional needs before adding exercise to their program. Why work hard when you can work smart?
This is great confirmation that my “Today’s the Day” 7-Week Fitness Plan, which focuses on the nutritional aspect in detail, as well as exercise and spirit and soul issues, is a very effective program.
You need both parts of the puzzle to be successful, but this is a great reminder that you can’t just eat whatever you like and then exercise like a maniac believing it will make up for a bad diet.