Losing weight can improve health and reduce disease risk, but many people have difficulty keeping the weight off.
Now, researchers have found that exercising during weight re-gain can maintain improvements in metabolic health and disease risk. In the study, individuals who didn’t exercise during weight re-gain experienced significant deterioration in metabolic health, while those who exercised maintained improvements in almost all areas.
In the study, University of Missouri researchers found that individuals who didn’t exercise during weight re-gain experienced significant deterioration in metabolic health, while those who exercised maintained improvements in almost all areas. The MU study, led by Tom R. Thomas, professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, is the first to examine the role of exercise in countering the negative effects of weight re-gain on the metabolic syndrome and on overall health status.
“Although many people are successful at losing weight through diet and exercise, the majority of them will relapse and regain the weight,” Thomas said. “The findings of this study indicate that re-gaining weight is very detrimental; however, exercise can counter those negative effects. The findings support the recommendation to continue exercising after weight loss, even if weight is regained.”
“It’s clear that the message to lose weight isn’t working because so many people regain weight; a new message is to keep exercising and maintain your weight to reduce disease risk and improve overall health,” Thomas said. “Don’t worry so much about losing weight, but focus on exercising and maintaining your current weight.”
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