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Lose 10 Pounds In 30 Days: Exercise One Of First Steps To Successful Weight Loss

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A number of WRAL employees are committed to each lose 10 pounds in 30 days. Group members have been taking in fewer calories, eating healthier and increasing their amount of exercise.

When you want to drop extra weight, everybody has their own plan for burning off calories.

"I walk at least a mile five nights a week," said photographer David McCorkle.

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    "Getting to the gym three, four times a week, getting 30-40 minutes of exercise," said news producer Jennifer Fauteux.

    "I try to go to the gym at least four days a week," said news reporter Gloria Lopez.

    In the new food pyramid, the government recommends 60 minutes of exercise each day.

    "I think the first thing to remember, of course, is that anything is better than nothing," said Duke exercise physiologist Brian Duscha.

    Duscha led a study to find out what helped heart fitness most -- the amount of exercise or the intensity?

    If you walk 30 minutes a day, that equals 12 miles a week. If you walk or work out longer or harder, you get an added heart benefit. However, if you eat what you want to eat and then plan to exercise to work off the weight, the Duke study suggests that will not be the case.

    "Even if you sustained a regular exercise program, it's unlikely that you'll lose a dramatic amount of weight," Duscha said.

    Duscha's study participants were sedentary overweight men and women. They did not change their diet and only lost an average three to four pounds over seven to nine months.

    WRAL producer Miriam Sutton admits she wants to look better, but health really does come first.

    "I think eliminating the risk of diabetes, hypertension and those things are more important to me than being a size 6 or a size 8," Sutton said.

    Duscha said exercise alone should be looked at more as a way to maintain your weight and health.


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