Oh, then I'm guessing there would be, statistically, no real difference between the groups. 5 years is a really long time to keep up what was suggested if there's no mechanism in place to keep the groups on track.
(if you'll allow me a unpopular veiwpoint I've gathered over years)
Well, therein lies the problem.. The reality is that there is "no mechanism in place
IF as is normally the case, the average person is not doing what is already available to most of them, in the form of walking and cycling, then it is my opinion that most of the "activity" that we see everyone so excited about is almost certainly a flash in the pan, and unless their McDougalling is not also the same, then looking 5 years down the road, it all seems rather dismal.
Here is what I see. Lots of people on a new diet and also adding in a new exciting exercise or piece of equipment and everything ending up well before 5 years, right back where it started.
Oh perhaps a bit or even a substantial part of McDougalling remaining, but exercise? No, none of that will remain, certainly not the latest machine or "as seen on TV" video program.
I get back to my often repeated theme....... Look out in the world. What do you see the long term exercisers doing either as individuals or in groups and clubs. Are they doing some "latest" video or "latest new program", or are they a member in the "latest" modern gym, or the "latest" franchise exercise craze.....
NO.......they aren't part of any of those. And, the truth be known, none of those things we see people so avidly discussing are any different than the latest craze in diets. They will all go the way of the "low carb", grapefruit, or West Beach diet...
Fives years down the road is not a long time in exercise........
Indeed, 5 years is the ONLY time that matters.
Exercise is no different than dieting. If you aren't finding and doing a lifelong exercise than why even begin. Diets don't work and neither do exercise "diets".
If one is going to end up walking, hiking, cycling, swimming, or golfing for life, the get on with it..... Learn which of the sustainable activities you really like and can fall in love with. Stop spending time going down the latest dead end road.