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Exercise may prevent 'post-diet weight gain'

2nd September 2009

Exercise could help to prevent weight regain following dieting, new research has shown.

In an experiment on rats, researchers at the University of Colorado in Denver suggested that exercise may help to reduce appetite and encourage fat to be burned before carbohydrates.

The study indicated that the increase in numbers of fat cells occurring during weight regain can be curbed by exercise.

Rats that exercised were found to regain less weight following a diet, accumulating fewer fat cells and less abdominal fat.

The exercise also reduced the urge to overeat, according to researchers.

Scientists believe that the findings challenge the belief that the number of fat cells in the body is determined by genetics, which in turn suggests that diet or lifestyle will have a minimal impact on weight loss.

The findings follow the publication of a study by scientists at the University of Michigan, which indicated that differences in the level of exercise between men and women could be responsible for gender weight differences.

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