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Exercise always leads to weight loss

I want to bring a health point to the attention of readers of the Astoria Times and other major media. Recently, an article in the Aug. 10 issue of Time magazine claimed many things, including exercising produces hunger so uncontrollable it leads to weight gain, willpower cannot conquer hunger enough to make good food choices, leisure-time physical activity like just moving around more during the day is more effective for weight loss than dedicated exercise and exercise depletes energy resources so much it leads to overeating.

It raised an important health question: Is exercise an effective means for weight loss?

As a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, I can confirm the answer is yes. A vast amount of research has proven exercise, combined with a healthy diet, results in weight loss. The ACSM released an evidence-based scientific position in early 2009 proving these points.

Exercise requires effort and self-control, but the rewards are beyond substantial and people lead more enjoyable, energetic and happier lives. Even for the non-overweight, exercise provides benefits that no pill or prescription ever could and treats and prevents numerous chronic conditions.

Exercise is a health tool we all need, regardless of weight, and it is my hope the public takes it seriously. Furthermore, advice about weight loss should come from a qualified health or fitness professional instead of irresponsible articles that may not showcase the full realm of scientific facts.

Ken Vitale


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