Water aerobics helpful in weight loss?

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Question from Mamat: I have gained 25 pounds since my mastectomy in August 2003. I do water aerobics and tried Pilates, which was too tough for me. I am 75.
Answers - Miriam Nelson In terms of weight control, water aerobics is helpful but land exercise will probably have more impact: walking, dancing, activities where you're burning more energy. But then, the science shows us right now with long-term weight control that physical activity is crucial, but if women don't address eating more healthily and taking in fewer calories, weight loss doesn't happen. There is a lot of debate right now about the contribution of nutrition and physical activity to weight control. I think it's 50/50, but some think 75% is about appetite suppression, food choices, and the environment of the people—where they shop, where and when they eat, etc. Any time weight control is an issue, you really have to look at nutrition as well.

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