ASU study discovers exercising could add fat to body

Nov 13, 2014, 6:30 AM | Updated: 6:30 am

PHOENIX — Exercise could be trouble for your waistline, according to a new study out of Arizona State University.

“We don’t know exactly why people who exercise end up gaining fat,” said professor Glen Gaesser, author of the study. “Either they are eating more than the calories they expended during exercise or they subconsciously or consciously do less, sit longer and spend more time in sedentary activities.”

More than 80 overweight women participated in the study. None of the women had exercised regularly for a year prior.

During the 12-week study, none changed their eating habits and walked 30 minutes on a treadmill three times per week. Seventy percent of the women gained fat after 12 weeks.

“Not atypical results. What we found is consistent with what other studies have found,” Gaesser said.

The study was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

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ASU study discovers exercising could add fat to body