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Walking 'helps clear fat from body'


Scientists have claimed that taking regular exercise helps to rid the bloodstream of molecules from unhealthy food.

The University of Glasgow researchers found that exercise changes the make-up of lipid blood fats, which boosts the process of clearing them from the body.

A total of 12 overweight and obese men were put on treadmills during the research, which was published in the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Too many bad lipids - such as LDL cholesterol - have in the past been linked to raising a person’s chances of suffering a stroke.

People who have diets containing lots of fatty foods often suffer from high cholesterol, previous research has shown.

Study leader Dr Jason Gill, from the University of Glasgow, said: “Our research suggests that exercise works at the ‘plughole’ end of the process, increasing the body’s ability to break down the fats faster.

“We think this might occur through structural changes to the lipid particles making them more amenable to clearance from the blood.”



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  • Eating less and exercising more all year round would be more beneficial.

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  • "Walking 'helps clear fat from body'"

    oh come on, human beings are designed to walk and everybody walks from the day they are born until the become wheelchair or bed bound or confined to life in an armchair through illness, accident or old age. All the rest walk, even the couch potatoes and the obese!

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  • I agree 100% with you, but what they probably talking about it is the intensity of the walk?? The researchers fail to make this clear.

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  • Anonymous | 28-Dec-2011 2:52 pm

    I agree - I was just nit picking as the article, like many, was not very specific.

    Possibly a suitably calculated and controlled session on a treadmill, Nordic Walking or a brisk walk of a certain length may be effective but normal walking which we all do daily is not otherwise there wouldn't be anyone suffering from overweight.

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