Do you struggle with how to keep weight off once you have lost it? A new study published this March in the Journal, Obesity reported that people who were successful at maintaining weight-loss relied on physical activity to keep from gaining back previously lost weight rather than dietary restriction. Successful weight loss was defined as those who were able to maintain a reduced weight of 30 pounds or more for over one year. Dietary restriction is most important for weight loss but physical activity is even more important for keeping lost weight off.
We are commonly asked, “Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?” The answer, is yes! Exercise is considered safe and beneficial before, during, and after pregnancy. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the risks of exercise during pregnancy are minimal. For healthy pregnant women, ACOG guidelines recommend at least 2 1/2 hours per week of moderate aerobic activity (equivalent to brisk walking). This activity should be spread throughout the week. A goal for pregnant woman would be to work up to moderate exercise for at least 20–30 minutes per day on most days of the week. The guidelines advise that pregnant women who were previously very active (running, jogging)can continue their level of activity; if any medical or obstetrics issues arise, they should discuss their level of activity with their OB provider. Certain activities may be dangerous in pregnancy and should be avoided. It is important to discuss all options with your physician.
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