An hour a day of moderate exercise is needed to maintain weight and overweight women need to diet as well as exercise, a Harvard team reports.
Just in case you missed it, an article in Times Online on Monday 19th October, created quite a stir when hackette Helen Rumbelow quoted recent studies that purport to show that the benefits of exercise for weight loss have been overstated.
Leading experts in exercise and weight management have taken strong exception to assertions that exercise can inhibit weight loss by over-stimulating the appetite. Responding to a statement recently published online and in print, John Jakicic, who chairs a committee on obesity prevention and treatment for the American College of Sports Medicine said “There is strong evidence from the majority of the scientific literature that physical activity is an important component for initial weight loss.”
Edward Melanson, an exercise physiologist from the University of Colorado and lead author of the article said “To our surprise, we have found that moderate duration exercise has little, if any, effect on 24-hour fat oxidation (burning).”