Real Body-Changing Fitness Takes At Least Six Months

Depending on how your 2009 fitness resolutions are working out, the results of a study of just how long it really takes to change your body's look could be disappointing or hugely empowering. University of Wisconsin researchers asked a host of mostly sedentary people to be judged, based on swimsuit photographs, by a panel and given a rank on a scale of 1 to 10. Put on a six-week exercise program, the participants were graded again, and, well ...

The subjects' ratings barely changed, if at all, after their exercise program. And neither did objective measures, like weight or percentage of body fat, or waist size or the size of the bicep or thigh.

So if you're not noticing much change over the last few weeks, don't despair—real change, the study found, takes at least six months of individualised diet, exercise, and weigh-training. Those with serious commitments might be able to shift the scale a bit, but it's worthwhile for anyone working on their goals to read how real people made a real impact in the study write-up linked below. Photo by cogdogblog.


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