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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Waist Loss Trumps Weight Loss

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of listening to Robert (Bob) Ross from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, speaking at the 77th European Congress on Atherosclerosis, Istanbul. Turkey.

Here are his key messages:

1) Exercise helps reduce visceral fat even if you don't lose much weight. Walking as little as 60 mins a weeks can have an effect - of course, the more the better

2) Measuring waist circumference can detect changes in abdominal fat even when overall weight does not change

3) People who are exercising to lose weight may lose their motivation if they solely focus on weight and fail to recognize the "other" health benefits of exercise

Anyone who has heard Bob speak, knows that he is a most eloquent and persuasive speaker.

Very much enjoyed his talk.

Great work Bob!

Istanbul, Turkey

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