You’ve heard people say that dieting is more effective than exercise at helping you lose weight, and you’ve also heard that exercise is more effective than dieting. What’s the correct answer? A new study from the University of South Carolina weighs in on the debate, showing that most of Americans’ diets improve throughout life, while people are exercising less often.
“It is well known that US men and women gain weight and fat as they age,” concluded the researchers. “However, to our knowledge, this is the first study to comprehensively document age-related trends in weight status, physical activity, and diet quality using a representative sample of US men and women.”
The study was published in the Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise journal, and involved nearly 5,000 Americans. Researchers used the long-running National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a federally funded research project, to analyze and conclude that exercise trumps dietary changes when it comes to losing weight as we age.
“The current investigation found that … age-related increases in BMI and waist circumference are likely to be explained by the age-related decline in physical activity,” the study said.
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