Any gym bunny will know that no matter how many hours a week you slog away at your local fitness centre, you’ll never truly see the results you want unless you re-evaluate your diet habits too. Sweating it out on the treadmill for 40 minutes is all well and good, but getting home and treating yourself to something naughty will, unfortunately, undo all that good work! And now new research has backed up claims that it is diet rather than exercise that will keep you trim.
Experts from Loyola University Chicago looked at adults from the U.S., Ghana, South Africa, Jamaica and Seychelles, with participants wearing a tracker device for a week so physical activity could be recorded accurately with no risk of it being overestimated. The group’s height, weight and body fat were measured, with participants checking back in after 12 months then 24.
Initial figures found the people from Ghana had the lowest average weight, with the American participants weighing the most, at more than 60 pounds more in both men and women. The Ghana group were also fitter than their American counterparts, with 76 per cent of men and 44 per cent of women meeting the U.S. Surgeon General physical activity guidelines of at least two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, compared to 44 per cent of American men and 20 per cent of women.