Exercise, diet or both?

Stanford University School of Medicine did a study on the most successful way to “get healthy.”

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’ve got a big job ahead of you. That’s why sometimes you have to break it down into pieces you can manage. The same might be true for improving your health. Stanford University School of Medicine did a study on the most successful way to “get healthy.” As you might imagine, those who started with both diet and exercise had the best results. The second best way was to begin an exercise program followed by a healthy eating program. The least successful way was by starting a diet and later beginning an exercise routine. The researchers learned those in the third group were less likely to begin an exercise program because they were overwhelmed by trying to find time to exercise. The eating changes were manageable because everybody already has plans to eat. The group that adopted eating changes and an exercise routine simultaneously was apparently in a better mindset to make those changes a priority from the beginning. A fourth group in this study did nothing to improve their health — and guess what? They didn’t get any healthier. All four groups received telephone coaching and were followed for a year. That accountability and encouragement was a bonus for all 200 people who participated. Another bit of advice from one of the researchers was to commit to the program over time, allowing diet and exercise changes to become habit. He said, “Even the people in the most successful group initially had trouble meeting their exercise goal, but did achieve it by the end of the study.” Even if you undertake diet and exercise together, it’s OK to take baby steps to avoid getting overwhelmed. As time goes on, make additional changes one step at a time. For more on this story, go to: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130422101300.htm?+Medicine+News+–+Nutrition


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