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Physical activity has many proven benefits. It strengthens bones and
muscles, improves mental health and mood, lowers blood pressure,
improves cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of cardiovascular
disease, diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer.
But Loyola research suggests that weight control might not be among
the main benefits. People burn more calories when they exercise. But
they compensate by eating more, said Richard Cooper, Ph.D., co-author
of the study and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine and
"We would love to say that physical activity has a positive effect on
weight control, but that does not appear to be the case," Cooper said.
"Evidence is beginning to accumulate that dietary intake may be more
important than energy expenditure level," Luke said. "Weight loss is
not likely to happen without dietary restraint."