But did you know that your iPod (or portable CD, radio, MP3, or cassette player) could help?
The results were presented in Vancouver, Canada, at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity's annual scientific meeting.
Crank Up the Tunes
- Diet and write down daily calorie intake
- Get aerobic exercise (walking at least three times weekly)
- Participate in weekly group sessions designed to promote lifestyle change
The researchers randomly gave some of the women portable CD players and told them to listen to their choice of music while they walked. The other women walked without listening to music.
All participants lost weight. Weight loss and reduction in body fat were greater for those who listened to music while they walked.
Women in the music group were also more likely to follow the strict exercise schedule and to complete the study, write researcher Christopher Capuano, PhD, and colleagues.
Capuano directs the school of psychology at Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.
"Exercising can be difficult for someone who is obese," says Capuano in a news release.
"Walking to music seemed to really motivate the women in our study to get out there and stick with the commitment they made," he continues.
If you wear a headset while you exercise, be sure to do so safely.
For instance, some safety experts recommend not wearing headsets when you run or walk outside, since you might not hear traffic or a potential attacker.
Don't turn the volume up too high, either, for your hearing's sake.