Weight Loss and Exercise
Monday, June 15, 2009

If youíre trying to lose weight by working out for 30 minutes a day a couple of times a week, itís probably not working. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some new guidelines for weight loss in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Adults need at least 250 minutes of exercise per week to lose significant weight, according to the latest recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine.

If you are trying to maintain your weight rather than lose, you may still be alright with 30-minute workouts five times per week. The ACSM recommends that adults participate in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity to prevent significant weight gain. Overweight and obese adults, however, are more likely to reach their goals with at least 250 minutes. The report also recommends strength training as part of the exercise regimen, in order to increase fat-free mass and further reduce health risks.

The recommendations were published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Weight management is an important public health issue. More than 66 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese. People can reduce their risk for chronic diseases with as little as a 2 to 3 percent reduction in excess body weight.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.