It's a frustrating paradox of many gym goers. You spend hours working out, and yet the numbers on the scale barely drop. On the other hand, a lucky few may exercise less and the weight melts off.
"There are going to be certain people who don't lose the weight they should, but we're going to find out why. Is it psychology or is it physiology?" explained the director of preventative medicine research Dr. Tim Church.
A new study from LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center is getting to the heart of exercise and diet to answer how to the two work to benefit the body, and why certain people respond differently to exercise.
"We're determining the effect of exercise on energy metabolism and also on things just as self advocacy and quality of life," said co researcher Dr. Corby Martin.
The study is called E-Mechanics. Volunteers are randomly put into three programs which range from no exercise to high intensity exercise. Participants come in to Pennington to work out three to five times a week for six months. Measurements and stats are taken before and after volunteers complete the program.
The end goal is to create a better workout, and to show the scientific impact of physical activity.
"Modern medicine will get most of us to the age we're supposed to, but it doesn't guarantee us living the life we want to lead," explained Church. "Are you going to Europe in your older years? Are you going duck hunting when you want to? Can you chase your grand children around? There's only one thing we know that does that and that's being physically active."
The E-Mechanics study still needs about 200 volunteers of all body types, and it is searching for volunteers. To see full qualifications and to sign up, click here.