Preserving muscle strength and function and maintaining a healthy body composition are important objectives for older women. In a study about strength, functional ability and weight loss, researchers from the University of Georgia in Athens (UGA) found that exercise beats a high-protein diet for preserving muscle strength and function during a weight loss program and that combining the two interventions does not necessarily improve results.

“What’s reinforced by this study is if older women are trying to lose weight, they really need to incorporate exercise into their weight loss programs,” said lead study author Ellen Evans, PhD, kinesiology professor and director of the Center for Physical Activity and Health at UGA.

Look for the study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2021; 53 [1], 183–91).

See also: Training Loads for Women Over 40