MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When it comes to losing weight, which is more important: diet or exercise?

New research suggests exercise is the best way to keep the pounds off.

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Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus studied people who were consistently able to maintain their weight.

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They found that physical activity was more effective than reducing your food intake.

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“By providing evidence that a group of successful weight-loss maintainers engages in high levels of physical activity to prevent weight regain — rather than chronically restricting their energy intake — is a step forward to clarifying the relationship between exercise and weight-loss maintenance,” Dr. Danielle Ostendorf reported.