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In Brief: Exercise without losing weight

In Brief

Exercise without losing weight

Most of us think we need to lose some weight, so we resolve to eat better and get more exercise. Often, though, that resolve vanishes before the pounds do. Heavy with resignation and body weight, we move on.

But Canadian researchers have reported study results that may mean all is not lost, even if the extra pounds are not.

Their small study included 24 middle-aged men who weren't in the habit of exercising. Eight were lean, eight obese, and eight others obese with type 2 diabetes. For three months, they followed a fairly rigorous exercise program that consisted of an hour of aerobic exercise (activity that increases your heart rate and makes you breathe hard) five times a week.

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