Just wanted to call out a few interesting paragraphs from an article that M added to our Fresh from the Interweb feature in the right hand sidebar.
The study, conducted by Paul Williams of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division, found that the key to staying trim is to remain active year-round, year-after-year, and to avoid seasonal and irregular exercise patterns. Most of all, don’t quit. Failure to do so may be a contributing factor in the nation’s obesity epidemic.
The study found that this only applies to runners running under 20 miles a week, at levels above that the weight gains were reversible.
“Many scientists attribute the obesity epidemic to excess calories rather than exercise, because dieting has been shown to produce more weight loss than exercise,” says Williams. “My findings suggest that calorie intake and body weight may be self regulating in active individuals.”
So there’s another good reason to hang in there for the long haul with exercise. Or to not bother starting at all?