Diet & Exercise – Long Term Weight Maintenance for Women

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It’s estimated that $4 billion is spent a year in the pursuit of weight loss, yet the epidemic is continuing to grow. Americans are consuming more calories than ever before, but certainly aren’t compensating with increased physical activity.

The prevalence of fast food outlets, vending machines, the huge increase in portion sizes at restaurants and the many hours spent in front of a computer and watching television are all contributing to the obesity epidemic.

It’s estimated that $4 billion is spent a year in the pursuit of weight loss, yet the epidemic is continuing to grow. Americans are consuming more calories than ever before, but certainly aren’t compensating with increased physical activity.

The prevalence of fast food outlets, vending machines, the huge increase in portion sizes at restaurants and the many hours spent in front of a computer and watching television are all contributing to the obesity epidemic.

Genetics are theorized to predispose certain individuals to weight gain when challenged by a positive energy balance. However, genetics don’t cause weight gain or prevent weight loss. A positive or negative energy balance is the ultimate cause of weight gain or loss.  More and more evidence is point to the fact that we can express the positive side of our genes and over come nature with nurture meaning than anyone can maintain a healthy body weight and become fit.

The importance of exercise in fat loss and especially in weight maintenance cannot be stressed enough. Sedentary individuals may burn only a few hundred calories over their resting energy expenditure. For the average Joe, this may be about 2,000 calories a day. On the other hand, top athletes like ultra endurance cyclist Lance Armstrong, may burn up to 8,000 calories on an average training day.  Not I’m not suggesting anyone train like Lance, however, according to the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, everyone should be participating in daily physical activity including cardiovascular conditioning and strength training 2 – 3 times weekly.

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