Women's Health (South Africa) - - DISCUSS -

True, heaps of re­search hints that eat­ing habits are the most crit­i­cal fac­tor in los­ing weight (and keep­ing it off), but a new study says not to dis­count 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. The big “but” here? The first two groups lost more fat weight and kept more lean mass – the stuff that helps you burn more kJs 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 did about four hours a week).

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