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In a recent study by NICHD, researchers recruited 40 overweight, breast-feeding women for the study. The women took part in the study for 10 weeks, beginning at the 4th week after they gave birth. Overweight was defined as having a body mass index of 25 to 30. Body mass index is a mathematical formula used to calculate body fat from a person's height and weight. A 5' 4" woman having a body mass index of from 25 to 30 would weigh between 145 and 175 pounds. 51 percent of U.S. women have a body mass index of more than 25

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Of the 40 women, 21 were assigned to the diet and exercise group, and 19 were assigned to the control group. All the women had given birth to full-term, full-size infants delivered without C-section. Women in the diet and exercise group reduced their food intake by 500 calories, essentially by avoiding fatty and sugary foods. These women also began some form of aerobic exercise-such as brisk walking, jogging, or aerobic dancing-for 15 minutes a day. The exercise time was increased by two minutes a day, until the women were exercising for 45 minutes a day. To help the women stick to their diets, the researchers also provided them with 6 low-fat, low-sugar frozen entrees per week during the course of the study. The control group exercised no more than once a week, and did not change their dietary habits. All the women received a daily multivitamin containing at least 50 percent of the recommended daily allowances for breast-feeding women.

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