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Exercise May Help Maintain Weight Loss
Date:9/4/2009

fat cells increase fat storage capacity in the abdomen, according to the study. The increase in fat cells may also help explain why sedentary rats ended up heavier than even before they dieted.

Though weight gain seems to be clear-cut -- when more calories are consumed than calories burned, you gain weight -- research is showing that a person's body weight, appetite and metabolism are determined by an interplay of physiological, psychological, cognitive and lifestyle factors.

Previous research found that many dieters regain weight because calorie restriction can cause physiological signals, such as hunger, to go into overdrive, triggering overeating and weight gain.

Exercise may help in maintaining weight loss by altering what's known as "defended" weight, or the body weight each person's physiology and metabolism seeks to maintain, and may also make diets easier to follow, according to the study.

The study also calls into question a widely accepted belief that the number of fat cells cannot be altered by dietary or lifestyle changes, researchers said.

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The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more on obesity.



-- Jennifer Thomas



SOURCE: American Physiological Society, news release, Sept. 2, 2009


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