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Losing Weight in the New Year: Will Exercise Really Help?

Deciding on losing weight in the new year is a common New Year’s resolution that many people share. However, it’s a resolution that can be difficult to accomplish. In fact, few people who make such a resolution actually go through with it. This is in part because losing weight in the new year is a lot easier said than done. Many people will begin exercising regularly following the new year in order to lose weight. However, for many, this exercise will become less and less frequent – especially if they don’t see results soon.

Why Losing Weight in the New Year is Difficult

Some people may scoff at those that are unable to lose weight as part of their resolution. They may think that those that have failed do so because of a lack of willpower. They believe that if someone has enough willpower, they will keep exercising no matter how difficult until they begin losing weight.

However, willpower may not be the only reason that a lot of people have difficulty keeping up a regular exercise routine. A recent study on cell metabolism revealed that willpower is not the only factor. The study involved feeding two different diets to two groups of mice. One was a standard diet while the other was a high-fat diet. Researchers observed both groups of mice over a period of 18 weeks.

The group of mice that consumed the high-fat diet spent less time moving – and when they did move, it was at a much slower rate than the other group of mice. However, researchers noticed that this lack of movement occurred before any weight gain set in. It was only afterwards that they gained substantial weight. Upon closer examination, it was discovered that altered dopamine receptors were the cause of the slowdown in movement.

The study reveals that if anyone is planning on losing weight as part of their New Year’s resolution, they need to make sure they’re on a healthy diet. An unhealthy diet can be just as damaging as a lack of willpower. For more health news, visit The Benefits Store today.


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