Combine Diet and Exercise for Longevity! 12

New research demonstrates that simply reducing caloric intake is not enough to cause significant weight loss. This could be the result of a natural compensatory mechanism that reduces physical activity following a reduction in calories.

Diet and exercise must be combined to achieve weight loss goals, according to the study.Diet and Exercise

These findings suggest that when you cut down on calories, your body automatically responds by reducing your activity levels. Years ago, when finding your next meal was not as easy as opening your refrigerator, this mechanism could help your body to hold on to valuable energy stores and survive longer in times of famine.

Today however, this process may backfire, causing you to hold on to excess weight if you do not make a conscious effort to increase or at least maintain your activity levels.

Also, although low-calorie diets have been sited as a plan to lengthen lifespan, if you simply cut way back on calories without meeting your body’s nutritional requirements, it can send you into starvation mode, slowing your metabolism and make it more difficult to lose weight.

The key to healthy weight loss is to use a combined approach of both diet and exercise together. This is the strategy that will lead to gradual weight loss and a healthier lifestyle that you can actually sustain and live with.

A Lack of Activity is Detrimental to Your Health

If you’re trying to lose weight or not, regular physical activity must be a part of your life if you want to stay healthy. This is true even if you’re eating a balanced diet, and whether you’re overweight or not.

In fact, one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who were at least somewhat active were less likely to develop heart disease than those who were not, regardless of their weight.

Another study also found that both diet and fitness levels are crucial for lifelong health. After analyzing more than 115,000 nurses, results showed that being overweight or being sedentary increased your risk of death independently:

Women who were obese and inactive had a 2.5 times higher mortality rate than women who were lean and active

  • Those women who were active (despite being obese) were twice as likely to die a premature death than those who were lean and active

  • Lean women who exercised under 3.5 hours a week increased their risk of premature death by 55 percent, compared to those women who worked out more often

  • Obese women who worked out for at least 3.5 hours a week experienced a death rate that was 91 percent higher than lean women who exercised similarly

  • The premature death rate was 142 times greater for obese, inactive women

Therefore being overweight or obese certainly increases many health risks, those who were lean and inactive also had their share of risks. And the most significant risks apply to those who are both overweight/obese and also sedentary.

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12 thoughts on “Combine Diet and Exercise for Longevity!

  • Dena-Lynn

    Hi Sandra,
    Those statistics are startling and really drive the point about why exercise is so essential. In addition to increasing longevity and the calorie burning effect, exercise is also known to enhance mood, reduce pain, and lead to a strong sense of well-being. That’s certainly motivating to continue on course to achieve weight loss goals and look great. I enjoyed reading your post, Sandra – great advice towards living well…
    .-= Dena-Lynn´s last blog ..From Gratitude Comes Great Well-being =-.

  • Donna Merrill

    Wow Sandra, Those stats are making me push forward on my exercise regiment. Thanks for posting this information. Exercise is so important not only for caloric intake but for our bones and posture. I often counsel older people and tell them how important this is. Now I’m going to throw in these Stats!

  • Mary Lou Kayser

    Hi Sandra,
    I could not agree more with the importance of moving your body every single day. It isn’t necessary to be in a 2-hour aerobics class 7 days a week (although it wouldn’t be a bad thing…) but rather to move. Swing your arms. Walk. Stretch. Our bodies are beautiful “machines” (for lack of a better analogy) that deserve to be put to use. The statistics you share point to an enormous crisis more and more countries are facing each and every year. Sometimes we here in North America think obesity is only here, but we have done a fantastic job of exporting this disease to many countries around the world.

    Thank you, Sandra, for being passionate about this topic and sharing your knowledge with your readers!

    Mary Lou
    .-= Mary Lou Kayser´s last blog ..The Social Network =-.

  • Deirdre Rutherford

    Hi Sandra,
    Thanks for pointing out all the many reasons to exercise. I think a lot of people get overwhelmed at the thought of doing exercise but it doesn’t mean that you have to go and joing the gym and do a major workout. Walking is one of the best exercises to do, its free and it is available to anyone.
    There really are no excuses!
    .-= Deirdre Rutherford´s last blog ..7 Steps To Extraordinary Confidence =-.

  • Val Wilcox

    It’s quite amazing how many women are not getting enough exercise. Kind of scary really! Gotta keep it moving to keep yourself fit. I totally enjoy working out cause of the energy it gives me.

    thanks for sharing these statistics,
    Val 😉
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  • Robin Lynn Brooks

    These stats raise my concern for those restricted by physical challenges to even GET their bodies moving. Also I recently heard something that struck me personally. Even if you are in good shape it can take an hour a day of solid activity to maintain your current physical fitness level as a woman comes into her mid forties. Let’s help get everyone encouraged and on the move!
    .-= Robin Lynn Brooks´s last blog ..Powerful Healing Strawberries! =-.