In a study published in the journal Obesity, overweight individuals under-went an intervention with either diet alone or diet combined with physical activity. Diet and physical activity were tracked in both types of interventions. Interestingly, increases in physical activity levels resulted in greater adherence to an energy-restricted diet and maintenance of greater weight loss over time. While many people would assume that intense workouts just increase hunger and thus calorie consumption, this study suggests that making physical activity a daily habit actually makes it easier to adhere to a calorie-restricted diet.
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