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Only about half of people trying to lose weight use exercise
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Only about half (55 percent) of people trying to lose weight reported using exercise according to a study from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 57% exercised at least 150 minutes per week
And among those who used exercise,
- only slightly more than half (57 percent) met the minimum recommendation for physical activity which is 150 minutes per week, which would be 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week;
- slightly less than half (46 percent) exercised at least 200 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes per day, 7 days per week; and
- less than one-third (30 percent) exercised at least 300 minutes per week, which would be one hour per day, 5 days a week, and
- only about one-fifth (19 percent) of people, exercised 420 minutes per week, which is one hour per day.
Only 58% reported eating fewer calories
Less than two-thirds (58 percent) of people trying to lose weight reported eating fewer calories.
The data for the study was obtained from the 1998 National Health Interview Survey, a face-to-face nationally representative household interview.
“Efforts are needed to aid those trying to lose weight to incorporate appropriate levels of physical activity into their weight loss strategy,” the authors concluded.
Kruger J, Galuska D, Serdula M, Kohl Hr. Physical activity profiles of u.s. adults trying to lose weight: nhis 1998. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2005 Mar, 37(3):364-68.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
Atlanta, GA USA
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