Fitness is key to long-term weight loss, according to new study. Being fit before you start your fat loss program is beneficial and we will discuss the reason why today.
We know that diet is just as important for fat loss as fitness. But today will we will focus on why fitness is key to losing weight in the long run.
“This research could help us improve the design of our weight-loss programs. Also it suggests that adults with very poor fitness may benefit from additional exercise support during a weight-loss program. This can achieve higher levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and improve long-term weight loss,” said lead researcher Dr. Adnin Zaman. She’s an instructor/fellow at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.
Daily fitness key to long-term weight loss
To say the least, creating the daily habit of getting physical activity is always beneficial. With the coronavirus pandemic going on, it is essential to get regular exercise. Staying fit will ensure you are getting the cardio and strengthening your immune system.
In the study, a total of 60 obese or overweight adults who were members of 12 month weight loss program. Group-based behavior support, 6 months of supervised exercise and a calorie-restricted diet included. The individuals during that time, worked up to 5 hours a week moderate-intensity workouts.
After the supervision, the groups received instructions to continue workouts on their own at the same level.
At the beginning, over 30% of the people have really poor fitness and the remainder had poor or better fitness. Body mass index (BMI) was higher in participants with really poor fitness compared to others.
Weight loss happens over time
At 6 and 12 months, there was no change in fat loss between the groups. However, after 18 months, the least fit people lost about half as much as weight as the others. The very poor fit lost an average to 9 pounds, compared to 18 pounds for the others.
Also, the least fit group was only able to increase their moderate-to-vigorous exercise by an average of 24 minutes a day, compared to 42 minutes per day for others.
The study was published March 31 in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.
More studies are necessary to see whether adding more support for exercise or focusing on adults who have poor fitness is better for weight loss. Diet plays a major factor when it comes to staying healthy but fitness is key to long-term weight loss success.
Source: Preidt, Robert. “Fitness Key to Long-Term Weight Loss Success”www.healthday.com March 31, 2020