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Report: Fasting to lose weight not as effective as healthy diet, exercise

Report: Fasting to lose weight not as effective as healthy diet, exercise (WKRC)

EDGEWOOD, Ky. (WKRC) - If you are trying to lose weight with the help of fasting, there’s a new report that says it may not be the best way to drop pounds.

It may be hard to hear, but you might have to go to the “old-fashioned way” for losing weight, according to a new report.

Physical Therapist Jill Goodwin at OrthoCincy in Edgewood is working with people on balance. She is a big fan of exercise and says you need to exercise for a lot of reasons.

“Exercise in general can help with decreasing weight, people generally feel better when they exercise and you can start exercising if you are overweight, if you are underweight, if you are right where you need to be, exercise just makes you feel, generally it makes you feel better,” said Jill.

In the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers were actually trying to find out if good, “old-fashioned” exercise and eating less would work better than people who fast on a regular basis.

They found that, over a six-month period, the fasting was not a better formula for weight loss. So if you are looking to shape up this fall season, your best bet is to talk to a specialist, find out a little bit more about moderate exercise and moderate eating long-term.

Aerobic exercise tends to be the best kind of exercise for calorie burning, but the team at OrthoCincy says those who lift weights also burn more calories even at rest.

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