For Permanent Weight Loss a Person Should?

For Permanent Weight Loss a Person Should?

It is the ultimate test.

Having spent weeks, months, maybe even years getting our weight down the big, big question we ask ourselves is, "How do I keep that weight from coming back?"

And the answer would seem to be - with the help of four crucial elements: diet, physical activity, positive thinking, and a supportive environment.

For it is the combination of these four factors that scientists agree are the best methods of achieving permanent weight loss.

First, TV versus exercise?

It's really a no-brainer in the permanent weight loss question.

More and more research is confirming - if you really want to lose weight and then keep it off you have to get up off your patootie and start exercising!

Stated simply:

    • hours sat watching TV = weight gain
    • 30+ minutes a day of regular exercise = controlled weight loss.

 

Forget all the hype and quick-fix easy weight loss tricks, the only real answer to long-term balance is healthy eating and regular exercise.

Where's the proof?

Well, take for instance the 2008 report published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) which concluded that very-low-calorie diets tend to be "unsuccessful in the long term" because losing weight and maintaining a steady weight thereafter wasn't just about the food we eat.

It was the frequency of exercise after the diet program that is the "strongest predictor" of weight loss maintenance.

In other words, the number one permanent weight loss tip is simply GET UP and MOVE rather than sit down and vegetate!

    • This is something the American Heart Association is keen to promote and has concluded that the prevention of population-level obesity should be viewed not from the perspective of promoting widespread dieting but rather achieving a balance between healthy eating and physical activity patterns.
    • It's really what happens after the initial weight comes off that is key to long-term weight loss success.

 

Obviously, this is all about changing lifestyle and behavior for obese and overweight people.

And that may be the dilemma, because making lifestyle changes is a hard thing to do…although on the other hand, when it comes to losing weight and keeping if off nothing could be effective than making sure one gets up and gets out and starts moving around doing some form of physical activity.

 

In fact in one study conducted in 1999 featuring over 21,000 men, and again published in the AJCN, it was discovered that unfit lean men had double the risk of all-cause mortality of fit, lean men, and that unfit lean men also had a higher risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality than did fit men in all fat and fat-free mass categories.

It also found that unfit men with low waist girths (<87 cm) had greater risk of all-cause mortality than did fit men with high waist girths (>99 cm).

The conclusion drawn was that the health benefits of leanness are limited to fit men and being fit may reduce the dangers of obesity.

  • In other words, even lean people who are unfit can be worse off than obese people who maintain some level of fitness!
  • Which thus proves that being fit must play an essential role in any dieters attempt to lose weight and keep it off.

 

The research conducted in 2008 by Drexel University, Philadelphia, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Lowe, Professor of Psychology, centered on subjects who had stuck to a regular weight watching program of healthy eating and exercise of up to 5 years.

The study was based on the Institute of Medicine's criterion for successful weight-loss with participants achieving at least a 5% weight loss which was sustained over the 5-year time span.

The study of nearly 700 dieters concluded that success was achieved via:

  • Education about healthful eating
  • An increase in physical activity
  • The creation of a supportive living environment that was conducive to achieving a healthy weight
  • And coping with the challenges involved in the accompanying lifestyle change

But these results come as no surprise to the team at www.changingshape.com for they have been implementing the same exact system of components for years when assisting thousands of people to not only lose weight, but effectively manage and control their weight once a desired level had been reached.

With the help of professional fitness coaches and expert nutritionists, the online health and fitness program offered by changingshape.com provides just the supportive environment Dr. Lowe and his researchers at Drexel say is the lynchpin to any long term successful weight loss regimen.

So, if you are seeking to achieve lasting, permanent weight loss then the folks at changingshape.com could be just your meal ticket to a healthier you.

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