Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Exercise Bar Raised for Maintaining Weight Loss

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Exercise Bar Raised for Maintaining Weight Loss

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Women who lose 10% or more of their body weight through diet and exercise must engage in 275 minutes per week of physical activity to maintain that weight loss beyond the initial 6 months, according to a report

It appears the level of physical activity needed to sustain weight loss over the long term "is approximately twice the public health recommendation" of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most days of the week, said Dr. John M. Jakicic of the University of Pittsburgh and his associates.

The researchers studied the effect of exercise on weight loss in 191 overweight women who participated in an intensive 2-year intervention. The women were prescribed a 1,500-calorie per day diet and were assigned to one of four levels of exercise. They attended weekly group meetings focused on strategies for modifying eating and exercise behaviors for the first 6 months of the intervention and monthly meetings thereafter. …

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