New formula says exercise is the key to weight loss - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/23/10

New formula says exercise is the key to weight loss

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The National Institute of Health has come up with a formula for preventing weight gain as we age and it's all about exercise.

"If you want to prevent your weight gain over time you need to be physically active at the level of 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, so the equivalent of one hour a day of brisk walking or 30 minutes a day of jogging or running," said Imin Lee, M.D., with Brigham and Women's Hospital.

This was a massive study that looked at more than 34,000 women starting around the mid- fifties and following them for 13 years.  The women were divided into three groups, those who exercised 60 minutes, 30 and less than 30 minutes daily.  The bottom line was if you start out thin, you can stay thin, but only if you exercise and if you start out heavy, it will take regular, daily exercise just to keep from gaining more as you age.

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