Exercise is Key to Strength and Function in Older Women
The study revealed that while exercise during weight loss is critical to preserving muscle strength and function, a higher protein diet when combined with exercise does not appear to result in any added benefits to body composition and muscle strength in overweight older women.
“What’s reinforced by this study is if older women are trying to lose weight, they really need to incorporate exercise into their weight loss program, especially strength training, to preserve muscle mass and strength,” said UGA Professor Ellen Evans, associate dean for research and graduate education. This study was funded in part by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, read the UGA Newswise article.