The Real Key to Weight Loss
A 2008 University of Missouri study comparing the weight loss efforts of women working out in a health club with that of members following the Weight Watchers program over a 12-week period concluded that neither program was able to decrease a significant amount of body fat.
This study only reinforces the old adage about diet and exercise--together--being the essential components of an effective weight loss and weight maintenance program. Instead of battling diets, we need strategic alliances between fitness centers and weight loss programs as a way of emphasizing how the interdependency of diet and exercise are inextricably linked to improved health.
The vast majority of fitness clubs offer free personal training sessions, yet very few, if any, provide nutritional advice. Moreover, members of these clubs are in desperate need of this type of support. I have overheard one too many naive souls ask fitness trainers for dietary advice, only to be given inane (and dubious) suggestions about supplements and powdered drinks. …