Individuals who are concerned about losing weight may not realize that they have to commit to some lifestyle changes in order to see results.
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, researchers have furthered the notion that people who are looking to lose weight should combine diet as well as exercise in order to see a dramatic reduction in their caloric intake.
Researchers put test monkeys on high-fat diets for several years and then returned them to a low-fat diet of normal monkey food. The scientists found that although there was a 30 percent reduction in calories, without exercise. It was found that there was no significant weight loss at the end of the month-long trial period.
“This study demonstrates that there is a natural body mechanism which conserves energy in response to a reduction in calories,” Dr. Judy Cameron said. “Food is not always plentiful for humans and animals and the body seems to have developed a strategy for responding to these fluctuations.”
An alkaline diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains coupled with exercise may be an efficient way to lose weight.