Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss

exercisebikeHome environment plays role in effort to drop pounds, experts say.

If you want to lose weight, exercise and diet are vital. But a new study says other factors appear to play a role, too - including the number of TVs in your house and the presence of exercise equipment.

"The home environment really came out as a stronger factor than we would have anticipated," Suzanne Phelan, assistant professor of kinesiology at California Polytechnic State University and lead author of the new study, said in a news release.

Phelan and colleagues looked at the results of surveys of 167 people who lost a big chunk of their body weight - at least 10 percent - and managed to keep the pounds at bay for five or more years. The researchers compared this group to two other groups of people who were overweight or obese.

The researchers investigated what set the weight-losers apart from the others, and published their findings in the October issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

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