November 23, 2006
The latest experiments performed by dietitians have revealed that physical activity along with a diet help to slim down faster. Few statements were made by the study's author Dr. Kelly Shaw of the Department of Health and Human Services in Tasmania, Australia.
Exercise and diet itself are not so effective when performed separately, Dr. Kelly Shaw reports. Patients seeking for better and faster results need to combine physical activity with revised nutrition. Although exercise doesn't result in weight loss, it can improve heart health, notes the team of the physicians.
While exercise alone has little effect on weight loss, being active helps to prevent weight gain. The experiment covered 3,476 overweight people who were performing 43 exercises, and it lasted for 3 months.
The results of the study were published in The Cochrane Library, a magazine edited by an international organization that evaluates health care researches.
Physical activity of high and low intensity combined with healthy meal had the same effect on people seeking to slim down. But people who relied on exercises alone had poor results.
The research has also shown that exercises reduce blood glucose, blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol, at the same time increasing levels of "good" HDL cholesterol whether they lost weight or not.
The researchers underline that physical activity alone improved weight loss quite moderately, while being combined with dietary changes it leads to considerable results in treatment of obesity.