Overweight adults need to eat a healthy diet and exercise in order to improve mitochondrial respiratory capacity, a new study by faculty at Florida Hospital in Orlando shows.
Twenty-six adults participated in the study. All were categorized as obese. The participants were split into three different types of health interventions: Health education (nine participants), calorie-restrictive diet (seven), and calorie restrictive diet plus exercise (ten). The participants followed the assigned program for six months. Before and after, a percutaneous muscle biopsy of the vastus lateralis was done to determine results.
After six months, the first two groups showed little to no change in mitochondrial respiratory capacity. The third group, however, did show significant improvements. The study’s conclusion was that for this capacity to increase, individuals need to eat healthily and exercise regularly.
These findings were published in The American Physiological Society Press Release on August 28, 2017.