Weight Loss in Half the Time – Less Is More When It Comes to Working Out
A new Danish study of moderately overweight but healthy young men has found that 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day is better in improving weight loss and also more motivating as compared to working out 1 hour.
The study involved 61 healthy, sedentary, moderately overweight young men who were randomly divided into moderate exercise (30 minutes a day) and high dose exercise groups (60 minutes a day).
After 12 weeks, the Danish researchers found to their surprise that those study participants who exercised for only 30-minutes a day lost an average of 8 lb. during the 3-month study trial period, but those who exercised for a full hour a day only lost only 6 lb.
The Danish researchers interviewed the study participants during the 12 week study period and found that the men in the moderate exercise group had more energy and were more motivated in exercising to achieving a healthy lifestyle and were not troubled by the exercise load and had a positive attitude towards exercise. On the contrary, those in the high dose group complained that their hour long daily exercise as boring and time-consuming and increased fatigue after exercising and were less positive.
The new study’s surprising conclusion was that when it comes to losing weight and becoming healthier, exercising 30 minutes a day is just as beneficial, if not better, than working out for a full hour a day.
According to Anne Sofie Gram, one of the co-authors of the new Danish study, it appears that less can be more when it comes to working out. The new study suggests that overweight young men who have limited time may want to switch over to a shorter 30 minute exercise routine instead of doing a daily hour long hard training.
Source: The study was titled: “Compliance with physical exercise: using a multidisciplinary approach within a dose-dependent exercise study of moderately overweight men.” By Gram, Anne Sofie; Bønnelycke, Julie; Rosenkilde, Mads; Reichkendler, Michala; Auerbach, Pernille; Sjödin, Anders; Ploug, Thorkil; Jespersen, Astrid; Stallknecht, Bente. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health; February 2014, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p38 . The study was first published on September 16, 2013.