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News: Exercising Less May Help Us Lose More Weight | Greatist

October 7, 2012

When we eat less, our bodies compensate for the lost calories by increasing appetite and lowering metabolic rate. (Annoying, we know.) Researchers set out to discover whether or not exercise produces similar reactions, which may also make it harder to lose weight. A new study from the University of Copenhagen found that 30-minute workouts led to roughly the same amount of weight loss as 60-minute workouts, even though participants were burning fewer calories during the shorter workouts[1]. The researchers suggest working out for longer provides little additional benefit when it comes to losing weight, since the body will end up compensating for those extra minutes spent at the gym.

The Study

Sixty-one sedentary and overweight men were divided into three groups: running and cycling daily for about 30 minutes (burning 300 calories), running and cycling daily for one hour (burning 600 calories), or remaining inactive. Monitor sensors also tracked how active the men were after they hit the gym. They were told to record, but not change, their diets.

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