Is Exercise Important as Part of a Weight Management Plan?

While physical activity alone seldom results in significant and sustained weight loss, maintaining weight loss without physical activity is nearly impossible.

The quote above is from James Early, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita (Wichita, Kansas), as printed in Clinical Cornerstone, 2007, volume 8, No. 3, page 69.

It’s a simple truth, one that bears repeating, as the truth too often is submerged in a roiling sea of misinformation and trivia.

Exercise is extremely important for the vast majority of people who want to lose weight and keep it off, but it’s encouraging to know that it is possible to be successful if you don’t want to or can’t exercise.

This second quote is from the first edition of Thin For Life: 10 Keys to Success From People Who Have Lost Weight and Kept It Off, by Anne Fletcher, page 20.  Out of the 160 “weight-control masters” studied by Anne, 70% exercised three or more times per week.  Nine percent told her they didn’t exercise at all.

For help with your exercise program, consider Physical Activity for Everyone and Shape Up America!

Steve Parker, M.D.

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