New Delhi: Simply reducing caloric intake is not enough to promote significant weight loss, concludes a new study. The research by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University is published in the April edition of the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
A comparison group of three monkeys was fed a normal monkey diet and was trained to exercise for one hour daily on a treadmill. This comparison group did lose weight. "This study demonstrates that there is a natural body mechanism which conserves energy in response to a reduction in calories. Food is not always plentiful for humans and animals and the body seems to have developed a strategy for responding to these fluctuations," added Cameron. "These findings will assist medical professionals in advising their patients. It may also impact the development of community interventions to battle the childhood obesity epidemic and lead to programs that emphasize both diet and exercise." ANI
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