Three-week integrated body weight reduction programme markedly improves performance and work capacity in severely obese patients

A. Sartorio, S. Ottolini, F. Agosti, M. Massarini, C. L. Lafortuna

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the effects on performance and work capacity of a short-term (3-week) integrated body weight reduction programme consisting of an energy-restricted diet, nutritional education, psychological counselling and aerobic exercise training at a constant metabolic load (5 days/week) in 71 severely obese patients (18 males and 53 females aged 29.3±0.8 years, with a mean weight of 113.8±2.2 kg and a mean BMI of 41.3± 0.5 kg/m-2). Body mass and composition, and maximum oxygen consumption (VO2max) were determined before and after the programme. The caloric equivalent of work output and a performance index (PI) during 10 min of bicycle ergometer pedalling (50-60 rpm) and 20 min of treadmill walking (incline 0-3%) at a constant metabolic load (50% of individual VO 2max during the preliminary conditioning period - 1st week- and 60% during the exercise conditioning period - 2nd and 3rd week) were evaluated daily throughout the study. After the programme, body mass reduced significantly (-4.5%, p2max significantly increased by respectively 14.5% and 20.2% (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-113
Number of pages7
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

Keywords

  • Body composition
  • Diet
  • Exercise performance
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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