The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The contribution of physical activity to weight loss

    Drs. Victoria Catenacci and Holly Wyatt from the University of Colorado at Denver reviewed the literature and came to the following conclusions.

    • Most studies show modest weight loss with exercise alone.
    • And, the resulting weight-loss is consistent with the amount of exercise prescribed.
    • Other studies demonstrate that it’s possible to achieve significant weight loss with high levels of physical activity alone.
    • However, producing the amount of activity needed is challenging given the difficulty of getting sedentary people to achieve and adhere to increased physical activity.

    The bottom line?
    According to the authors, there appears to be “a strong relationship between physical activity and success in weight-loss maintenance.”

    But there are lots of unanswered questions about exercise. For example?

    • The impact of physical activity on other components of energy balance
    • Why physical activity appears to be critical for successful weight maintenance
    • The amount of activity required for weight-loss maintenance

    And the biggest question: “How to motivate people to achieve and sustain the levels of activity that seem to be required for weight loss and weight-loss maintenance.”

    6/24/07 22:42 JR

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