New Research On Popular Weight
By Hilary Brown
A recent study gives some insight on several popular weight loss diets. Tufts
University researchers assigned 160 overweight or obese people to either the
Atkins Diet, Weight Watchers, Zone Diet or Ornish Diet. After 12 months of
dieting, the results showed that the individuals who followed their diet plan
closely lost the most weight, regardless of which weight loss diet they were on.
The study concluded that all four diets worked equally well in the short
term. As for the long term, there is no conclusive evidence that these diets are
effective or safe.
As most weight loss diets can help you lose weight in the short term,
developing a healthy lifestyle that helps you achieve and maintain weight loss
is the best bet. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to burn more
calories than you consume. A few safe and healthy weight loss tips are:
• Find an activity that you enjoy and plan to do it regularly. If you
enjoying walking, do it during your lunch break or after dinner. It is a great
relaxing way to burn up calories.
• Try to eat 75 percent of the amount your normally would. Do not fill your
entire plate with food. If it helps, buy smaller plates, so it still looks like
you are eating a plate full.
• At every meal, substitute one high calorie food with a low calorie food.
Try a baked potato instead of French fries, salsa instead of butter. Every
little bit helps.
Losing extra weight will not happen overnight, but can happen gradually. Any
healthy weight loss diet or program should combine the two key elements: burn
more calories (increase exercise or activities) and consume fewer calories (eat
less calories). One last note, talk with your doctor before starting on any diet
or weight loss program.
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