Why was this study done?
Typically, weight loss includes loss of lean body mass. This loss of lean body mass can lead to a reduction in metabolism (metabolic rate). This study was designed to determine whether a diet and exercise program was capable of providing weight loss while maintaining lean body mass and metabolic rate.
What did the study find?
The study found that a properly designed weight loss program that included caloric reduction and exercise was capable of supporting weight loss while maintaining lean body mass and metabolism.
The Effect of Diet and Exercise on Basal Metabolic Rate in Older Women.
Authors: Thompson D, et al.
Med Sci Sports Exerc, 1994. 26(2):S79. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 1994