Why it is better to exercise longer rather than harder, or 12 minutes every day rather than 30 minutes three times a week,...

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FIT OR FAT?

Why it is better to exercise longer rather than harder, or 12 minutes every day rather than 30 minutes three times a week, and other precepts from the aerobic arsenal. Covert Bailey, with an MIT degree in Nutritional Biochemistry and jumparound experience in several related fields, explains the relationship of physical activity to fat metabolism and weight in clear, authoritative terms. Maintaining that ""The ultimate cure for obesity is exercise"" in combination with a proper diet, he demonstrates what has been demonstrated before, but without excessive gimmickry or false promises: ""There are two favorite modes of spot reducing, the passive and the active. Neither of these work!"" Bailey also indicates why sprinkling bran on your cereal won't match the diet of those low-heart-attack-rate African tribes, why swimmers tend to retain the body fat they start with (seals and otters have it too), and why taking your pulse is a more accurate measure of health than body weight. It's not a ""new way"" but it does present the most current findings in an organized, connected fashion.

Pub Date: Aug. 31, 1978

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1978