Dr. Joe Houmard continues his discussion of the benefits of physical activity and emphasizes that, when communicating with patients, it’s especially important to tell them not to rely on a scale for results, especially if they are just starting out. One important aspect that a scale will not show is an increase in insulin sensitivity, he notes. They can also more reliably check their weight progress by noting whether their clothes seem looser.
Joe Houmard, Ph.D. has been at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC since 1988. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory. He is an author on more than 150 scientific papers and book chapters and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for his research. Dr. Houmard’s research focuses on skeletal muscle metabolism and how it is altered with conditions such as aging, insulin, resistance, and obesity and how interventions such as weight loss and exercise exert their positive effects.