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How Much Exercise Prevents Weight Gain?
NY Times ^ | March 31, 2010 | RONI CARYN RABIN

Posted on 04/06/2010 10:06:03 PM PDT by neverdem

Losing weight is difficult, and keeping it off may be even harder. So Harvard researchers set out to determine exactly how much physical activity women need in midlife to avoid gaining weight as they age.

The researchers found that an hour of moderate activity a day — including such recreational activities as brisk walking, leisurely bicycling, ballroom dancing and playing with children — prevented women of normal weight from gaining more than five pounds over any three-year period. Half that amount of vigorous activity, like running, jogging or fast biking, will do the trick as well, they said.

Women who got the same amount of exercise but were heavier to start with were not able to avoid gaining weight, however. Neither were women of normal weight who got less than seven hours a week of moderate activity, according to the study, published in the March 24 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: exercise; health; medicine; weightgain
Physical Activity and Weight Gain Prevention
1 posted on 04/06/2010 10:06:03 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Doesn’t it depend upon the intake of calories at the front end?


2 posted on 04/06/2010 10:09:10 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: neverdem

More than anything else activity increases the metabolism. Most calories are burned not through exercise but by the natural workings of the body.


3 posted on 04/06/2010 10:09:53 PM PDT by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
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To: neverdem

http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/b_three_sections_with_teasers/active_leg_page.htm


4 posted on 04/06/2010 10:10:53 PM PDT by mirkwood
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To: neverdem

As soon as I get to the words “Harvard researchers” I know it’s a grant scam.


5 posted on 04/06/2010 10:12:11 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: neverdem

Ideally one shouldn’t just exercise once a day for weight loss. If you exercise before you go to work in the morning, take a walk instead of going out at lunchtime, and then do some weight-bearing exercise after work, you’ll lose. But few people are willing to do this; they’d rather say, “I just can’t lose weight” and give up.


6 posted on 04/06/2010 10:16:37 PM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: neverdem
How Much Exercise Prevents Weight Gain?

I have no idea...

7 posted on 04/06/2010 10:19:23 PM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: J Edgar

Right.


8 posted on 04/06/2010 10:20:59 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: ottbmare

I shed some pounds once in a Weight Watchers program a couple decades ago. The amount of exercise it called for in conjunction with its diet program was quite mild. A single mile and a quarter walk every other day.


9 posted on 04/06/2010 10:22:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: J Edgar

Yep. More intake that output is gonna get ya nowhere!


10 posted on 04/06/2010 10:24:59 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: neverdem

Easiest diet in the world is don’t eat after 6 pm. From the time you wake up until 6 pm eat anything you want. Have real big lunch at 2:30 pm. You will lose weight.


11 posted on 04/06/2010 10:26:05 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: ottbmare

I’m for making everyday life activities into exercise! Although I do power walk about 15-20 miles a week....beyond that...I’d rather lift groceries, etc....clean, garden, etc. to get my exercise. And, btw I’ve lost weight...and not changed my exercising at all (over the past year)....by following a CAVEMAN type of diet....high protein, low carb....anytime I want bread or sweets...I try to find something like fat or protein....I’m wearing clothes from almost 20 years ago now! (Yeah, I saved them....classics, luckily.) AND...the “hereditary” LDL cholesterol problem I was told I had several years ago (and couldn’t change) seems to have changed for the better, too!


12 posted on 04/06/2010 10:27:06 PM PDT by goodnesswins (The PLANTATION Party is at it again (the DEMS) ....trying to make slaves of everyone)
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12 ounce weights will prevail at the celebratory party when that WEASEL HARRY REID is voted out of office.

Don't know about the weight gain aspect; don't care.

13 posted on 04/06/2010 10:32:57 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: NoRedTape
It really is just about NOT EATING SO MUCH. Coupling this with ANY type of exercise will cause weight loss. Learn to appreciate feeling hungry and you will experience weight loss. I guarantee it!
14 posted on 04/06/2010 10:44:42 PM PDT by ggrrrrr23456
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To: neverdem

Losing weight is harder than divorcing your husband, so guess what most women choose?


15 posted on 04/06/2010 10:46:09 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: ggrrrrr23456
I hear ya. But I like to eat. I eat when I'm hungry; drink when I'm dry. Moderation is nice.

Party Down when Reid and Pelosi are OUT of Office. Celebrations cause watchful dietary contraints to go to the wayside for just that time......

16 posted on 04/06/2010 11:03:07 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: neverdem

All this shows is, if you’re a middle aged woman who isn’t already overweight, it takes a moderate amount of exercise to keep the weight off. If you’re already fat, all bets are off. Prob because fat people have a tendency to get fatter; which is why they are fat in the first place?


17 posted on 04/06/2010 11:12:25 PM PDT by Dick Holmes
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To: Dick Holmes

Read in one of those crazy health magazines that women need to add half an hour a day of exercise for every year over 40 - that means I should be working out about 26 hours a day now.


18 posted on 04/06/2010 11:20:11 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: J Edgar

***Doesn’t it depend upon the intake of calories at the front end?***

Energy in = energy out.

Take in 3600 calories and you must burn up 3600 calories. If you don’t, that 3600 calories will go into the storage pile around your waist as one pound of FAT.

If you take in 3600 calories and burn up 1800 calories the other unused 1800 calories will go to your waist as 1/2 lb of fat.


19 posted on 04/06/2010 11:45:54 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Obama's vision for America...Green shoots and skittles, where pancakes grow on fritter trees.)
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To: neverdem
Food is for fat and exercise is for fitness.

I have looked at the amount of exercise to equal out one canned soda and it ain't worth it. I would just try to keep fit with exercise and control my calories to lose weight. Trying to run off your pounds will just frustrate you.

20 posted on 04/06/2010 11:50:41 PM PDT by chuckles
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To: J Edgar

yep.


21 posted on 04/07/2010 12:08:30 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: J Edgar

The one food that is most likely to cause weight gain is wedding cake.


22 posted on 04/07/2010 5:42:20 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I knew a German once that followed similar diet. He didn’t eat after dark and he didn’t drink before dark.


23 posted on 04/07/2010 7:55:09 AM PDT by willyd (Reducing Taxes Reduces our Carbon Footprint)
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24 posted on 04/07/2010 9:52:24 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Bellflower
Most calories are burned not through exercise but by the natural workings of the body.

Do you have a source for that or is that a guess?

25 posted on 04/07/2010 10:06:42 AM PDT by raybbr (I hate B(ig) H(ead) Obama)
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To: raybbr
Look up basal metabolism and set-point, setpoint, setpoints, etc., however the latter is spelled. This is the latest explanation that seems to make sense. Diets that restrict calories reset and lower the amount of calories needed to maintain any organism's basic metabolism. Any excess caloric intake will be stored as fat. Hence the yo-yo effect with respect to regaining weight once someone returns to a regular diet as opposed to remaining on a calorie restricted diet forever while doing the same amount of physical activity/exercise.
26 posted on 04/07/2010 11:02:41 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Check Art DeVany’s Evolutionary Fitness. He talks about 1/2 a week is sufficient if you have the right diet.


27 posted on 04/07/2010 7:01:13 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: neverdem
Although the holidays are now over, this little mot always gives a chuckle.

Contrary to the popular belief that people gain lots of weight during the holidays, i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the increase in their weight is only about a pound.

But the kicker is.....they never, ever loose it. (Unless they travel far on the airlines while visiting relatives.....then it's a push.)
28 posted on 04/07/2010 7:57:00 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: neverdem
The researchers found that an hour of moderate activity a day — including such recreational activities as brisk walking, leisurely bicycling, ballroom dancing and playing with children — prevented women of normal weight from gaining more than five pounds over any three-year period. Half that amount of vigorous activity, like running, jogging or fast biking, will do the trick as well, they said.

What if you Ballroom Dance on a Bike? Do you lose twice s much?

'series' this research is bogus...
shopping isn't mentioned.
...............

29 posted on 04/08/2010 2:15:16 AM PDT by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: ggrrrrr23456
Learn to appreciate feeling hungry and you will experience weight loss. I guarantee it!

That sounds weird, but I agree 100%. Several years ago I lost 100 lbs. I grew to actually enjoy feeling hungry after a while.

In my experience, much of being fat is habits of eating and exercise. Overeating and not exercising is not intrinsically more fulfilling. When you change to healthy habits, after a while you become just as addicted to them

30 posted on 04/09/2010 1:58:41 AM PDT by SupplySider
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