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Most health care professionals and dieticians advise overweight and obese patients to take a regular routine of physical activity and diet to have an effective weight loss. This is particularly true for those overweight and obese patients who have concurrent type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems.

However, most often than not, getting involved in an exercise program and being dedicated in a weight loss diet may not guarantee to give effective results that lead to significant weight loss. Thus, the question is this: Are there other benefits associated with regular exercise and diet even in the absence of apparent weight loss?

According to a study conducted by a group of researchers from Arizona State University and published in the May 2011 issue of the journal The Physician and Sportsmedicine, having exercise and proper diet may not only be beneficial because they cause weight loss. Having these also results in the improvement of blood sugar and cholesterol level, better muscle adaptation, better response to insulin action, healthier blood vessel function and improvement in blood pressure values. Overweight, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol level and cardiovascular problems are oftentimes the end result of a sedentary lifestyle-induced body adaptation. Therefore, with the improvement of lifestyle, these health problems have better chances of going away.


The Physician and Sportsmedicine; Exercise and diet, independent of weight loss, improve cardiometabolic risk profile in overweight and obese individuals; Gaesser, G.A. et al.; May 2011

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