By Staff Reports
(DGIwire)– A recent study published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine looked at the exercise patterns and weight of more than 19,000 adults over a 22 year period. The researchers found that almost everyone gained weight during that time and that only those that exceeded all current recommendations were able to avoid significant weight gain.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends doing 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 60 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. However, the researchers from the KG Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, found that a much higher amount appears to be needed for health and to maintain weight based on this study.
Different organizations provide varying recommendations regarding the ideal amount of exercise. However, in this study even the people who reported more exercise still gained weight, which led the researchers to also conclude that some weight gain throughout our lives is inevitable.
“Weight gain is definitely not inevitable and can be simply and easily managed through proper diet and lifestyle. As this study shows, excessive exercise is not the answer and often creates a different set of problems. Diet is much more important in managing weight and body composition”, according to health and fat-loss expert Tom Griesel, co-author ofTurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust.
Although people with the highest weight gains in the study were also the least active, the researchers did not look at the participants diets. People who exercise regularly often eat healthier also. The study maintained a very narrow focus observing exercise habits independently from other important health and weight management variables.
Almost 35% of adults in the U.S. are currently obese and many experts say the number will rise to 50% by 2030 unless something changes. For many, it is their weight that limits their ability to exercise which creates a vicious circle that is often difficult to break.
Griesel adds, “There is no doubt that adequate physical activity is essential to good health, the world’s longest lived populations consistently show this link. Yet, these same people do not follow any sort of commonly recommended exercise routines or guidelines. People need to understand that you can’t out run or out exercise a poor diet.”
TurboCharged is a book that provides 8 easy steps to a healthier lifestyle. If followed, the program results in rapid loss of excess fat vs. weight loss (ie: water, bone, muscle, essential tissue.) Interestingly, although walking is encouraged—only 5 minutes of additional weight bearing exercise is recommended, which is broken down into 1-minute intervals throughout the day.