Older adults who want to lose weight should increase their daily exercise but maintain the same caloric intake. Adults in their 50s and 60s were studied who were dieting and exercising trying to lose weight. The study participants who increased their exercise but maintained their caloric intake maintained their muscle mass, strength and fitness level. However the participants who dieted only and did not increase their exercise, showed declines in muscle mass, strength and overall fitness.
Both groups lost an average of 17 pounds over the course of a year but only the adults who exercised maintained or improved their muscle mass, strength and endurance. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. So, if you want to lose a few pounds, walk or exercise a little longer each day. You will feel better and get the same results in the end!