New ACSM Position Stand Offers Weight-Loss Tips

Monday, February 13, 2012 18:01
Posted in category Fitness

For your members who have New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, a new position stand from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) addresses adult weight problems and offers detailed information about exercise interventions for losing weight and keeping it off.

Appropriate Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults was published in the December 2001 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. In the paper, ACSM recommends that the public follow these general guidelines for losing weight and keeping it off: Consult with a trained healthcare professional; consider losing weight if body mass index is 25 or above; reduce caloric and fat intake; exercise 2.5 to 4.5 hours per week; and use dietary supplements/weight-loss drugs only under physician supervision.

ACSM also makes available, at little or no cost, and via its website (, several brochures, books and current comments on weight loss. “People who aren’t sure how to get started on an exercise/weight-loss program, or who have had a tough time sticking with one, can use these pieces to help keep their resolutions for 2002,” says Angela D. Smith, ACSM president.

Brochure topics she recommends are “Fitting Fitness in, Even When You’re Pressed for Time,” “Eating Smart, Even When You’re Pressed for Time,” “Questioning the 40-30-30 Diet,” “Exercise and Age-Related Weight Gain,” “Exercise and the Older Adult” and “Exercise in Health Clubs.”

“Beginning and maintaining a physically active lifestyle is key for reducing stress, losing and keeping off extra pounds, decreasing the risk of certain diseases, and enjoying an overall enhanced quality of life,” says Smith. “Being fit feels good, and fitness activities can be fun!”

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