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    People who were put on an exercise-only program to lose weight lost only 3.5 lbs after one year

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    Sunday, October 21, 2012 3:15 pm Email this article

    People who entered an exercise-only program to help them lose weight lost an average of only 3.5 lbs after one year according to a new study from Sweden.


    Subjects: 570 people

    The study included 570 obese people.



    Comment: Exercise alone is NOT effective at causing weight loss

    Comment: There are numerous studies showing that exercise-alone is NOT very effective at causing weight loss.

    The 3.5 lbs weight loss in this study is very typical of the weight loss from other exercise-only studies.

    If you want to lose weight, you MUST change your diet.

    Diet is about 10 times more effective than exercise at causing weight loss.

    The media does not seem to understand this.

    It seems like every time a weight loss study comes out that involves diet and exercise, the media will say something like, “It just goes to show that weight loss is just a matter of diet and exercise,” as if to say that diet and exercise are equally effective at causing weight loss.

    They are not.

    Diet is MUCH more important than exercise when it comes to losing weight.


    Hemmingsson E, Johansson K, Eriksson J, Sundstrom J, Neovius M, and Marcus C. Weight loss and dropout during a commercial weight-loss program including a very-low-calorie diet, a low-calorie diet, or restricted normal food: observational cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr 2012; 953-961.

    Author’s Contact Info

    E Hemmingsson
    Karolinska University Hospital Obesity Center
    Department of Medicine Obesity Center
    Karolinska Institutet
    Norra Stationsgatan 93,
    114 64 Stockholm, Sweden
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