ACSM Position Stand on Physical
Activity and Weight Loss Now Available
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has published its Position
Stand "Appropriate Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight
Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults," updating its previous
guidelines, particularly as it relates to the increased levels of
physical activity that may be necessary for prevention of weight gain,
for weight loss and for prevention of weight regain. The official ACSM
pronouncement is published in the February 2009 issue of Medicine
& Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal of
the American College of Sports Medicine.
paper is a companion to "Weight Management," a position paper published
by the American Dietetic Association in the February issue Journal of
the American Dietetic Association. Together, the statements provide a
thorough, scientific overview of two of the most important components
of a healthy lifestyle: exercise and nutrition.
its recommendations, the ACSM Position Stand emphasizes physical
activity and its relation to weight loss and weight management. Its
prominent points include:
recommends that adults participate in at least 150 minutes/week of
moderate-intensity physical activity to prevent significant weight gain
and reduce associated chronic disease risk factors. For most adults,
this amount of physical activity can be easily achieved in 30
minutes/day, five days a week. Overweight and obese individuals will
most likely experience greater weight reduction and prevent weight
regain with 250+ minutes/week of moderate-intensity physical activity.
ACSM also recommends strength training as part of this health and
fitness regimen, in order to increase fat-free mass and further reduce
the midst of a genuine crisis in Americans’ health related to
what we eat and how little we move, these guidelines are meant to
provide an understanding and clarification of the role of physical
activity and its relationship to weight," said Joseph E. Donnelly,
Ed.D., FACSM, chair of the writing committee. "Now that we have the
latest information on how much physical activity is part of the
equation, we can continue the educational process to help people who
struggle with their weight."
Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and
Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults" replaces the 2001 Position
Stand, "Appropriate Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and
Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults." To access this Position Stand,
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exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000
international, national, and regional members and certified
professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific
research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise
science and sports medicine.
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