January 16, 2018
There are thousands of books and articles about how to lose weight. But once you've reached your target weight, there's not as much literature on how to stay there. Should you maintain the same routine that helped you lose weight? Or adopt a different strategy?
Compelling new evidence comes from a surprising place — reality television. A recent study of 14 former participants in NBC's "The Biggest Loser" suggests that more than anything else, keeping your body in motion is the best way to keep that weight from coming back.
That's a little suprising, since changes in diet seem to be the leading factor in losing weight in the first place. But once it's gone, the dominant influence on weight maintainance is physical activity.
"On average, those who managed to maintain a significant weight loss had 80 minutes a day of moderate activity, like walking, or 35 minutes a day of vigorous exercise, like running," says Gina Kolata. That's considerably more than the CDC's weekly recommendations, which average out to 20 minutes a day for moderate activity, or 7 minutes a day for vigorous activity.
"The researchers conducting the new study did not distinguish between purposeful exercise, like going to the gym and working out, and exercise done over the course of the day, like walking to work or taking the stairs," Kolata continues. That's great news! As far as your body is concerned, everything counts.
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