Competition Cuts To The Chase

If you're looking for a fun, cheap and easy way to get more active and engaged in your weight loss efforts, look to a team-based weight loss competition. That's what a study from Brown University suggests. Published in the journal Obesity, the analysis reports that 4717 people participated in Shape Up Rhode Island's 2007 competition. The cost was $15 per entry, with 62% of participants having employers pay the fee.

Slightly more than 70% of the participants, or 3311 people, stuck with the 12-week program, continuing to measure and report weight loss, pedometer steps and minutes of exercise to the end. Those who lost the most weight were likely to be among the heaviest to begin with or among those accumulating the greatest number of exercise minutes.

The Bigger Picture: Everyone has something to gain from these findings. The more you exercise, the more weight you can lose even if you're considered obese. You have to know your physical limitations, of course. But this is a very encouraging study for anyone interested in getting themselves into leaner, fitter shape and staying that way.

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