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Diet Talk from the Doc

by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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"Move more!" A recommendation typical of health professionals who profess such action will help you beat the battle of the bulge. But just how much activity is really needed for weight loss and maintenance?

Your confusion may have heightened if you heard ABC News report that low level exercise " just walking and talking at work " will help you lose weight; TIME magazine muddled matters even more by saying that 30 minutes of moderate exercise just isn't enough to help dieters keep off the weight.

Avid exercisers and novices alike deserve to know the truth " even if it's a hard pill to swallow.

In many ways, both reports reflect the truth. As I see it, doing something and moving your body more is always better than doing nothing. But when it comes to keeping weight off for the long haul, there needs to be a serious exercise time commitment.

Dieters who are able to keep off the weight share a commitment to regular exercise... it's perhaps the top secret for successful slimming. Many of these success stories " the ones you want to emulate " are actually exercising almost 60 minutes daily for 5 days each week.

Now, before you try to toss your gym shoes my way, let me remind you that these success stories didn't occur overnight. Many of these diet successes were sedentary individuals who didn't like to sweat, weren't athletic and couldn't imagine themselves becoming avid exercisers.

But they did persevere " one step at a time.

If you want to be more successful, I recommend you start out setting small, realistic goals. Instead of going from being inactive to working out 60 minutes daily (which would be impossible to sustain), you can set a goal to be active just 5 minutes daily. As you get used to being more active, those 5 minutes can become 10 minutes and then 15 and so on.

You can become your own diet success story. It begins with just moving your body more.

@ 7:13am ET on June 6, 2016
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