Losing Weight and Keeping It Off Require Different Strategies, Study Finds
A recent Penn State University study found that the habits that help people lose weight aren’t the same as those that help them maintain their new body.
“From our perspective, the problem with ‘diets’ is that they are always viewed as temporary,”
Why do so many dieters reach their goal, only to watch the pounds return? A recent Penn State University study found that the habits that help people lose weight aren’t the same as those that help them maintain their new body.
The study focused on initial weight loss (losing 10 percent of one’s body weight in one year) vs. long-term weight management (maintaining the loss for one year). Surveying 1,165 adults, researchers found that people who followed a consistent exercise routine and/or ate plenty of low-fat sources of protein were more likely to be successful in weight maintenance but not weight loss. Conversely, those who did a variety of exercises or meal planning were more likely to lose weight but not maintain the loss. The researchers concluded that dietary programs may need to offer different guidance for each phase.
“From our perspective, the problem with ‘diets’ is that they are always viewed as temporary,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH). “Their objective is solely to lose weight and often is based on restriction of foods and calories along with an unsustainable amount of exercise. Once the goal is reached, there is no realistic plan to maintain the loss.”
The key to success, say the Griesels, is focusing on optimal health and losing excess body fat along with improving your body composition. The formula for health, fat loss and maintenance of a lean healthy body is the same, and will therefore work for achieving the initial goal as well as maintaining it or improving for life. Whenever the short-term and long-term method and goal are not the same, failure and frustration are right around the corner.
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