Want to Lose Weight? Live Near a Gym
Stubborn body fat is easier to lose if you have a gym around the corner rather than a fast food restaurant, according to an study conducted by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
They found that people who live in an area with six or more “formal” physical activity facilities – gyms, fields, pools, for example – are more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI), a lower percentage of body fat, and a smaller waist size that people who don’t live near such facilities. They also discovered that people who live within 0.3 miles of a fast food restaurant have slightly larger waist circumferences than those who live at least 1.24 miles from a fast food restaurant.
Results of the study were recently published in Lancet Public Health.