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The Truth About Whether You REALLY Need To Exercise To Lose Weight

Posted on: by Women's Health
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By Jamie Hergenrader; Photography by Freepik

What the latest science says.

Your diet is really important…

It can be seriously frustrating to hit the gym over and over again, only to see zero weight-loss results. Heaps of research hint that eating habits are the most critical factor in losing weight (and keeping it off), but a new study from Saint Louis University in the US says not to count out the right kind of exercise. People who slimmed down through cardio alone or a combo of cardio and kilojoule cutting lost the same amount (about seven percent of their body weight over four months) as those who shed weight solely through dietary restrictions.

READ MORE: This Is The Best Diet for Losing Fat and Building Muscle

But exercise counts too…

The big “but” here? The first two groups lost more fat weight and kept more lean mass—the stuff that helps you burn more kilojoules at rest, gives you more energy and can prevent injury. Try adding a moderate amount of walking, running or cycling to your plan (the combo group in the study we mentioned did about four hours a week).

Here’s exactly how to build lean muscle – without the bulk. Plus: 3 easy ways to adjust your workout so you burn way more fat.

This article was originally featured on www.womenshealthmag.com

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