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Consistent, Constant Exercise Important Following Weight Loss Surgery

Several studies and tests have shown exercise is critical to maintaining weight loss following weight loss surgery.

A four-year study done by the Institutional Review Board at Yale University School of Medicine looked into the quality and quantity of exercise to maintain weight loss. The study compared 50 weight loss surgery patients who had lost at least 80 percent one year after surgery. The control group was 50 individuals with ideal Body Mass Index (BMI). Both groups were surveyed about their exercise habits including frequency, duration and type of exercise.

For the most part both groups worked out four to seven days a week for one to two hours each day. The surgery patients typically walked for their cardiovascular exercise whereas the control group opted to run. The study found recreational sports were more prevalent in the control group however, the surgery patients tended to use the stairs more than the elevators.

The study, which is thought to be the first study to analyze the type, intensity and frequency of exercise needed after weight loss surgery. The results show exercise, diet, psychological and social factors all play a significant role in long-term weight loss. The control group’s type of activity, duration and intensity are significantly distinct from the exercise habits of the weight loss surgery patients. The study’s findings are in line with the recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine for weight loss strategies and preventing weight regain.

Bottomline: regular exercise is very important in augmenting and maintaining weight loss after weight loss surgery.

Content Updated: November 23, 2014

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