Weight Loss, Exercise and Your Bones

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When you lose weight through dieting without exercise, you may be losing more than just pounds on the scale. A recent study has shown that losing weight through caloric restriction alone without exercise can cause a decrease in bone density. Decreased bone density can increase risk of osteoporosis. However when the participants of the study added in exercise, bone density was preserved. This is likely because exercise (namely weight bearing exercise as well as resistance training) stresses the bones which stimulates new bone production.
I see this as a concern for many women. I frequently have female clients who are great about sticking to the reduced calorie eating plan I prescribe,  however report having no time – or desire – to exercise.  As we know, exercise burns calories, builds muscle mass and speeds metabolism. We now know it has an added benefit of preserving bone mass while dieting. This is especially important for those women who are menopausal or who are at increased risk for bone fractures.
Bottom line, make exercise a part of your weight loss program. City girls have no excuse – even if you do not want to go to a gym, walk, walk, walk! Walking is an excellent form of weight bearing exercise.

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