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Monday, September 3, 2007

DIET PLAN - Losing weight being your lazy self is possible

Eating less calories and increasing exercise are both just as good to help people lose weight. Research has shown that people who only eat less, and people who exercise more but eat the same amount of food a they always used to, lose the same amount of weight. The research also shakes some of the very firm beliefs used in the diet industry stating that there are certain ways to lose fat and boost the metabolism by exercising more. This is simply not true. Adding muscle mass to the body does not necessarily help people to shed the pounds any faster and adding muscle weight may even increase body weight.

According to Dr. Eric Ravussin of Pennington Biomedical Research Centre, which is part of the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, losing weight is all down to calories. As long as the energy deficit stays the same, the amount of body weight, body fat weight, and even abdominal fat will all steadily decrease in a very similar way.

For this research procedure 24 people were tested. Twelve people at a low calorie diet and 12 people simply dieted and they also exercised five times a week during six months.

The people dieting ate 25 percent less than they would usually do and the exercisers actively reduced their calorie food intake by over twelve percent. They increased their physical activities to make sure that they would lose an extra 12.5 percent in calories.

All the volunteers in the test groups lost around 10 percent of their first body weight and nearly 25% of their body fat mass. More importantly they also lost over 25% of their visceral fat. Visceral fat is a type of fat packed in between the internal organs. Basically this research shows dieters that there is no such thing as losing weight in one spot.

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