Lose Weight For Good: Latest Studies Say Counting Calories And Psychological Barriers Keys To Success

Although there are many ways to lose weight, some diet techniques are healthier than others. Some weight loss strategies can help a dieter lose weight but not be healthy. To lose weight for good, it's necessary to develop long-term weight loss strategies that become lifestyle changes.

Yahoo News reported that Orlando Health conducted a survey with 1,005 adults to determine the most important obstacles in losing weight. According to the survey, 31 percent of participants said that sticking with exercise was the hardest issue to overcome, while 26 percent said that eating the right foods was the hardest part for them. For 17 percent, it was a financial burden to try and live a healthy lifestyle. Only 10 percent said that there were psychological barriers involved.

As previously reported by Inquisitr, sleep was considered helpful in helping dieters to lose weight. Sleep improved when dieters consumed more protein in their diets, and it helped them to lose weight. For those who wanted to make weight loss easier, even for those over 50, drinking adequate amounts of water helped. Drinking 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before meals was even more helpful.

Lifestyle changes and tweaks aren't enough, though, and neither is just diet and exercise. In order to develop the most effective weight loss plan, it's necessary to address the psychological barriers too. Michelle May, M.D., author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, said in Yahoo News that all people are emotional eaters, and it is normal and healthy. Food is used to celebrate holidays and birthdays, and families often connect over big dinners. Food can often make people feel loved and comforted, but the effects are temporary. Because of it, people have to keep going back for more and more, and that's where the problem lies.

An emotional need for food can actually keep dieters from meeting their weight loss goals. It is necessary to go beyond additional gym time or restricting food in order to meet goals. Pausing in the moment and taking time to determine how one feels can help dieters conquer the more emotional aspects of eating and build a healthier relationship with food. To lose weight, it's important for dieters to ask themselves "Am I hungry?"

Stress and boredom are issues that can make it hard to lose weight because dieters may eat to fill the void. That's why it's so important to measure hunger first. Restriction and deprivation can also be powerful triggers for emotional eating, so it's important to look at these triggers to avoid an eating binge.

WKRN News reported that nutrition professor Mark Haub at Kansas State University spent 10 weeks on a diet of junk food to determine the effect that calories had on dieting. He wanted to prove whether or not dieters could lose weight simply by eating a calorie restricted diet even if it was junk food.

At the end of the study, not only did he lose weight, he also lowered his cholesterol by 20 percent and his triglycerides by 39 percent. Haub said that although he lost weight, it didn't necessarily mean that he was healthier. During the study he did take a multivitamin and drank protein shakes, but two thirds of his diet was junk food. It added up to about 1,800 calories a day, and he lost 27 pounds. Haub said that normally he consumed a diet of about 2,600 calories. Although Haub considered his experiment a success since he did lose weight, he said that he probably wouldn't recommend it as a way to lose those extra pounds.

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