Staying Active Keeps You Slimmer

It works better for women than men, but being active every day from your 20s onward can keep you from putting on pounds. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association tracked the activity levels of 3,500 subjects over a 20-year period. Females who maintained day to day levels of moderate to vigorous activity weighed an average of 13 pounds less than those who didn't exert a lot of physical effort. Active men only managed to keep 6 extra pounds off.

True Strength Moment: Why didn't the men keep off as much weight as the women? As it turns out, guys have a tendency to think they accomplish more than they really do, sort of like the fisherman's "you should have seen the one that got away" story. Men also like to overcompensate for exercise by overeating. That's something we all need to keep a close eye on during the holiday season.
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