Study: Older adults should exercise – not cut calories – to lose weight

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Older adults who lose weight by exercising rather than simply dieting fare better overall, researchers say.

A small study examined adults in their 50s and 60s who used dieting and exercising to lose weight. The group of study participants who exercised also maintained their muscle mass, strength and fitness levels. Dieters showed declines in all of these measures.

Both groups lost an average of 17 pounds over the course of a year, but only the adults who exercised maintained or improved their muscle mass, strength and endurance. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.