With all the conflicting weight loss advice, it’s hard to know what is best to help lose those extra pounds. Some diets recommend eating more carbs and less fat, while others recommend eating more fat and less carbs. Exercise is often suggested as the miracle pill for building muscle and increasing fat loss while the right diet plan is suggested as the way to lose weight.
The first step to weight loss is to have a goal in mind. Do you want to lose fat or gain muscle? How much weight do you want to lose? What do you like to eat? Are you willing to stick to a particular eating plan? These are all questions that need to be answered before choosing strategies to lose weight.
Although many are on the low-carbohydrate bandwagon for the best weight loss results, a Cell Metabolism study showed that it’s not necessary to cut out pasta, stop eating fruit, and turning sandwiches into lettuce wraps. The key to healthy weight loss, as reported in U.S. News & World Report, is actually a low-fat diet. A low-fat diet will actually lead to better fat loss results.
The study included 19 men and women, none who had diabetes. They stayed at the NIH’s metabolic unit during the entire study. This allowed researchers to track everything they did, including what they ate and how much. Both groups in the weight loss study cut their calories by 30 percent. Although the low carbohydrate group lowered their insulin and lost slightly more weight, the reduced-fat dieters achieved a higher body fat loss.
In a new study published by International Journal of Epidemiology, Shape Magazine reported that researchers determined that what you eat may be more important than the amount and type of exercise you do. The study, which began at Loyola University in 2013, concluded that the more you work out, the more your appetite increases.
“Physical activity is crucially important for improving overall health and fitness levels, but there is limited evidence to suggest that it can blunt the surge in obesity.”
This wasn’t the first weight loss study to reach this conclusion. In a previous study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers reached the same conclusion. Researchers concluded that combining a calorie-restrictive diet with exercise was the only strategy that led to significant weight loss.
What weight loss strategies have you used to lose weight?
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