Posted Oct. 14, 2008 – Can you actually eat basically anything you want and still lose weight?
You can if you religiously take a brisk 30-minute walk six days a week, according to researchers from the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
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The 30-minute daily walk routine is enough to trim your waistline and cut your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a common condition linked to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle that raises the odds of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, reports Reuters Health.
"Our study shows that you'll benefit even if you don't make any dietary changes," study leader Johanna L. Johnson said in a statement.
The Duke team examined results from the STRRIDE study (Studies of a Targeted Risk Reduction Intervention through Defined Exercise), which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
In this study, researchers watched 171 middle-aged and overweight men and women for the effects of varying amounts and intensity of exercise.
They found that 41 percent of the participants had metabolic syndrome before they began exercising regularly.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of five conditions: a large waistline, high blood pressure, high levels of harmful triglycerides, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and high blood sugar. But after eight months of exercise, only 27 percent still had metabolic syndrome.
"It's … encouraging news for sedentary, middle-aged adults who want to improve their health,” Johnson said. “It means they don't have to go out running four or five days a week; they can get significant health benefits by simply walking around the neighborhood after dinner every night."
For more oon metabolic syndrome and how to avoid it go to "Healthy By The Numbers."