By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Whether cutting pounds or cancer risk, the crunches in your salad trump the crunches in your workout, say scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
That finding emerged in a new study of overweight and obese women who significantly lowered their weight – and levels of proteins associated with cancer – by slashing daily calories or by improving both diet and exercise.
“The fact that exercise alone had little effect was … surprising.”
Similar-sized women who exercised regularly but maintained their usual calorie intake did not post big drops in pounds or in those suspect proteins, reports the Fred Hutch study, published late Wednesday in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
“The fact that exercise alone had little effect was … surprising,” said Dr. Catherine Duggan, study co-leader and principal staff scientist in the Public Health Sciences Division at the Hutch.
“Many people still think they just need to exercise a little more and they’ll lose a lot of weight. Doesn’t happen,” said Dr. Anne McTiernan, the article’s senior author and a cancer prevention researcher at the Hutch. [Read more…]