Most Effective Weight Loss Option? Study Says Just Eat Less

Weight loss is a staple at the top of every New Year’s Resolution list. Many people want to lose weight, even if they don’t need to. Some hit the gym, some hit the pharmacy, and some hit the web for the latest weight loss fad, only to find the same weight loss mantra that has been touted for ages: eat less and move more. However, a new study out of the International Journal of Epidemiology suggests the current weight loss mantra be amended to just “eat less.”

According to Science Daily, the weight loss study conducted by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Drs. Amy Luke and Richard Cooper, agreed that physical activity is important for improving health, but suggest it does little to shrink waistlines.

“There is only one effective way to lose weight – eat fewer calories.”

The study also confirmed what many weight loss enthusiasts have already figured out – exercise makes you hungry. And for some, the idea of completing a rigorous workout routine leads many to seek a reward for their effort, usually in a calorie-laden treat, like that bear claw on the way back from the gym.

“While physical activity has many benefits, multiple lines of evidence lead to the conclusion that an increase in physical activity is offset by an increase in calorie intake…”

The study, which claims exercise has “no influence” on obesity, suggested that reducing calorie intake coupled with increased physical activity shared similar weight loss results as just reducing calorie intake.

So, the science-backed key to weight loss is cutting calorie consumption, which does not necessarily mean eating less food, but lower calorie food. Still, for those who have dire weight loss goals, or find difficulty in adapting to the lifestyle change, it is just not that easy. Fortunately, according to LiveScience, the FDA has approved several weight loss supplements designed specifically to accelerate weight loss for those who have incorporated a healthy diet and lifestyle, but still need a little help. But do the weight loss benefits outweigh the weight loss risks? Consider Alli, Belviq, and Saxenda.

Mayo Clinic reported that those who took Alli for weight loss lost only about five pounds more than those with an active lifestyle and healthy diet, and ran the risk of gastrointestinal distress.

Belviq is an effective weight loss supplement whose worst side effect is constipation, but it is not approved for those taking other medications. Also effective is Saxenda, which, in higher doses, boasts effectiveness in over 60 percent of its users who experienced 5 percent or more weight loss. But the tradeoff here is the risk of thyroid tumors.

However, Saxenda is designed for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese) or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition (hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes). It should be taken in conjunction with a healthy, reduced-calorie diet and increased exercise, and it is not indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Building a better body can be frustratingly difficult, but it is possible to experience stress-free weight loss. Consider the healthiest available options, and determine what works at getting the best long term results for your body.

Disclaimer: The Inquisitr strongly recommends you consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. This article is not an endorsement by the Inquisitr of any of the diets mentioned in this article.

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