Exercise Helps Where Diet Canít

Lots of people are convinced that diet is the key to weight loss. No one doubts the importance of controlling what and how much you eat, but a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology outlines the role intense exercise can play.

A total of 19 obese subjects volunteered to undergo 14 days on a reduced calorie and carbohydrate diet. Ten of them added a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) program consisting of 10 sets of 4-minute efforts at 90% of maximum capacity. The training sessions were scheduled for 3 times a week. Just 2 weeks later, the HIIT group outperformed the dieters by improving their fitness, preserving muscle mass and increasing fat oxidation.

True Strength Moment: Many dieters don't realize that muscle weighs more than body fat. A pound lost typically amounts to half a pound of fat and half a pound of muscle mass on most diets. If you increase your protein consumption and exercise you'll have a better chance of retaining muscle during weight loss. Looking thinner is one thing. Looking fitter takes your effort to a much higher level.
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