New Weight Loss Studies (August 2017)
Cardio and Weights reviews new weight loss studies for August 2017
High-Protein, Weight-Loss Diets Good for Your Heart
Reduced calorie diets that include 35 percent of your total calories in protein are better for you than diets containing lower concentrations in protein according to Rocio Mateo Gallego and colleagues from Aragon Health Sciences Institute in Spain.
A study of 91 women following a diet of reduced calories with 20, 27, or 35 percent protein were followed for 6 months (80% of total protein came from animal sources). The group following the 35% protein diet had the great body fat loss, blood sugar regulation, and blood fats. Each group lost around the same amount of weight, but body fat loss was higher for the group that ate the most protein. This means that more muscle was kept! (Source: Clinical Nutrition, 36: 371-379, 2017)
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College Freshmen Who Weighed Themselves Daily Lost Body Fat
Drexel University and Penn University teamed up to see how to fight the Freshmen Fifteen. In a study that was released August 17, 2017, the study found that women who weighed themselves daily actually lost weight while in college, where their counterparts who didn’t weigh themselves daily gained on average 4-8 pounds a year.
“Regularly weighing yourself can motivate you to engage in healthy eating and exercise behaviors, because it provides you with evidence that these behaviors are effective in helping you lose weight or prevent weight gain. Similarly, if you see weight gain on the scale, that information can motivate you to make a change.” Meghan Butryn, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel. (Source: http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2017/August/College-Freshman-Self-Weighing/)
Suggestion: Whether you weigh yourself daily or weekly, it is important to keep track of your health. It is important that when in school, or with a busy life schedule to find time for your fitness. Check out our free workouts today!
Scientist: Exercise Doesn’t Make you Lose Weight
In a very controversial article, Vox uses information from several scientist to show that you can’t “outrun” a bad diet. Showing that one piece of pizza after a hard workout eliminates the entire calories burned from the workout proves the importance of dieting vs. just working out.
The article also blames the government for blaming laziness on the American public instead of dietary restrictions. Lobbying efforts by major food brands have caused this “workout harder” fallacy to be implanted in our brains. (Source: https://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/11518804/weight-loss-exercise-myth-burn-calories)
However the key to successful and long term weight loss is to exercise and diet! This will help you build lean muscle mass that will burn fat at rest. Exercise alone may not help you lose much weight, but combining it with dieting will add fire to dynamite.
I wrote an article years ago based on a studies debating which is better diet or exercise, and the article proved that diet actually burned body fat better than exercise.
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