Continuous Exercise Is The Key in Keeping Weight Off

April 9, 2019

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After weeks, months and years of hard work of eating right and exercising daily, you've FINALLY reached the weight and size you wanted! Congratulations!  But if you want to keep those pounds from piling back on, you'll need to make regular physical activity a part of your life. New research looking at people who lost 30 pounds or more and kept it off for a year or longer found that regular exercise was key. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you los weight by eating fewer calories than you use during the day. Generally, a 40-year-old woman needs between 1,800 and 2,200 calories a day, the U.S. government's dietary guidelines recommend. A man the same age usually needs about 2,400 to 3,000 calories daily. The more you move, the more calories you can eat. The study looked at three groups of people. The first group lost 30 pounds or more and kept it off for more than a year.  The second group were at normal weight and the third group were classified as either overweight or obese. Participants wore a fitness tracker for a week. The results of the tracking found that people who maintained their weight loss burned about 180 more calories a day during physical activity than other participants. It also found that overweight people do burn more calories than those at normal weight simply because they are moving larger body parts but that doesn't necessarily mean they're losing weight. Compared to the normal-weight group, both the maintainers and the overweight and obese group ate and used 300 calories more a day. But the maintainers appeared to compensate with more activity, researchers said. Current U.S. physical activity guidelines call for at least 150 to 300 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity activity. Any physical activity counts toward that goal.

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