The first thing people often do when attempting to lose weight is to change their diet. Which is really hard to do, and which is why most diets attempts fail.
In fact, a study which included more than 19,000 healthy adults over a four-year period, found that “one of the best predictors of weight gain over the four years was having lost weight on a diet at some point during the years before the study started.
If dieting doesn’t work, what does?
Exercise remains the most common practice among people who are able to maintain weight loss over time. Ninety percent of people who lose significant weight and keep it off exercise at least one hour a day on average.
“Eating in moderation is a good idea for everybody, and so is regular exercise,” said Tracy Mann of UCLA. “Studies consistently find that people who reported the most exercise also had the most weight loss.”
It’s important to pause here and reflect on what the evidence is telling us.
There is no one solution, however there is a common link. Regular Exercise.
And a second link. A balanced diet (not a fad diet or a magic pill – please save your money).
What’s really interesting is the fact that people who exercise start to make better dietary decisions anyway, so rather than forcing changes to your diet, let a more physically active lifestyle be the leading indicator.
A University of California Study found that “the correlations between the number of steps and self-ratings indicated that when our participants walked more, they rated their diet as more nutritious. They also rated more highly their health, energy, overall mood, happiness and self-esteem, in that order”.
I’ve written an earlier post on the benefits of finding 4 pockets of 5 minutes per day to exercise, which can include normal walking. Doing so will burn the same amount of calories as running 14 marathons, while not depleting you to the point of requiring any additional food intake!
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