Breakthrough: Exercise Can Trim Abdominal Fat!
10-13-2005 10:43 PM
Breakthrough: Exercise Can Trim Abdominal Fat!
This cracked me up. It takes a university funded study to figure this out. Hahahaha.
By Amy Norton Thu Oct 13, 9:56 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Couch potatoes may quickly accumulate a type of deep abdominal fat that contributes to diabetes and other metabolic problems -- but regular exercise can prevent or even reverse the process, according to researchers.
Their study of overweight, sedentary adults found that those who started working out on treadmills and stationary bikes tended to lose, or at least not add to, their stores of visceral fat -- fat that accumulates around the abdominal organs.
In contrast, their peers who remained sedentary showed a substantial gain in visceral fat over just 6 months, according to findings published in the October issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology.
While this deep abdominal fat may not make itself apparent in the form of a spare tire, it is linked to a number of ill health effects, including a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.
The new findings show that even moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, may put the brakes on visceral fat accumulation, according to Dr. Cris Slentz, an exercise physiologist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and the lead author of the study.
What's more, study participants who got the most exercise -- the equivalent of jogging 20 miles per week -- shed both visceral fat and the superficial layers of abdominal fat that make for love handles.
The intensity of the exercise did not seem to matter as much as the amount, Slentz told Reuters Health. Study participants who exercised moderately -- the equivalent of brisk walking -- for about 3 hours each week did just as well as those who worked out more vigorously for 2 hours a week. Overall, both groups showed no significant gain in abdominal fat.
The study group that exercised the hardest -- at the intensity level of jogging, for 3 hours each week -- saw an average decline of 7 percent in both visceral fat and more superficial abdominal fat. In contrast, participants in the fourth study group, who maintained their sedentary ways, saw a gain in visceral fat of nearly 9 percent over 6 months.
For the most part, the exercisers worked out on gym equipment like treadmills and exercise bikes.
The bottom line, according to Slentz, is that inactivity comes at the "high cost" of rapid fat accumulation, while regular exercise can at least prevent such an increase. In a culture that values quick results, he said, the idea of maintaining what you have is a "hard sell."
But long-term weight maintenance, as opposed to repeated yo-yo dieting, is a worthy goal, according to Slentz. Exercise now, he said, and you might not be "20 pounds heavier in five years."
However, he pointed out, "The million-dollar question with exercise is how to get people to do it long-term."
Moderate exercise in this study -- walking for about 3 hours a week -- was enough to prevent fat gain, and it is in line with health officials' advice for all adults to fit in 30 minutes of moderate activity on most, if not all, days. That's a level of exercise most people can achieve, Slentz noted.
"We eat everyday," he said. "So we should we walk everyday."
SOURCE: Journal of Applied Physiology, October 2005.
10-13-2005 11:44 PM
There are times I am ashamed of having a degree in the sciences. This is one of those times. LOL
Nice graphic, lol.
10-14-2005 10:06 AM
That cracked me up! Unfortuneately, some people don't believe anything unless they read it in a magazine or see it on TV.
10-14-2005 10:39 AM
I think the scientists involved should be rewarded.
10-14-2005 02:13 PM
On the above pic.... That doesnt represent it well enough. You ask a special needs kid (yup, im rockin the politically correctness) what you do to stay healthy and he will say exercise.
Originally Posted by Nabeshin
10-14-2005 02:55 PM
Who is selling this stuff? I've looked for it online and at GNC but haven't found it yet. Are they sure that it is just exercise, or is it exercise ethyl ester? I heard that some UG labs are making methyl exercise but it's supposed to be wicked hepa-toxic. It'll make you hyoooge though.
10-14-2005 04:26 PM
You got it all wrong bro-bra. It's Excercise Magnesium Chelate...but stay away from the Couch Ethyl-Ester.
10-14-2005 09:15 PM
I know nothing...
LOL You guys sure are funny
10-14-2005 09:49 PM
10-14-2005 11:30 PM
I think those researchers deserve the nobel prize or something...dont you?
10-15-2005 10:02 AM
People will realize that they need to exercise...until they read another study showing that only genetics are responsible for fat. Then they shove down another Ultimate Double Whopper with contention.
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