Lifestyle Interventions Can Positively Impact Obese Adults
October 26, 2010 by Personal Liberty News Desk
People who are overweight may want to implement structured physical activities into their schedule as researchers have discovered that these types of weight loss programs can improve individuals' health.
Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied 130 adults who were diagnosed as severely obese. None of the participants suffered from diabetes.
Some of the subjects were assigned to a diet and physical activity plan for the full year. Meanwhile, the remaining participants' were assigned to delay starting the physical activity portion of the plan for six months, although they received the same diet plan.
The researchers discovered that the group which implemented an improved diet and more physical activity into their daily regime lost more weight in the first 6 months than those whose exercise was delayed. As a result, beginning a diet and exercise at the same time improves the health of obese adults.
However, by the end of the study, both groups reported losing the same amount of weight.
The scientists suggest that lifestyle interventions are an important factor in obese adults because it can help them maintain a healthy and nutritional diet as well as an active lifestyle to lose weight.