Researchers at the the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center released a study about obesity and weight loss.
Analyzing more than 4,000 obese individuals with a body mass index of 30 or more, researchers found that 63% were trying to lose weight. Forty percent of these individuals reported weight loss of 5% or more – and another twenty percent experienced weight loss of 10% or more. According to researchers, “This is great news because studies have shown that even a five percent reduction in weight can lead to improved health.”
Individuals are losing weight – but how?
The researchers found no association between use of fad diets, liquid diets, nonprescription weight loss pills, diet foods, etc. and actual weight loss. In contrast, people that exercised more and ate less fat were significantly more likely to lose weight. Moreover, researchers found an even stronger correlation between weight loss programs and actual weight loss – which may speak to the importance of structure in a weight loss regimen.
The study, which will appear in the April 10 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is good news. Not only does it reinforce what we already know (namely, that fad diets and diets pills don’t work and that proper nutrition and exercise do work), but it also means that weight loss is accessible and affordable. Fad diets and diet pills can be expensive – but anyone can take a walk, be more active and modify their diet and portions.
The bottom line: When it comes to losing weight, nothing beats a healthy diet, exercise and the right mindset to support it. It’s that simple.
P.S. If you’d like more structure in your weight loss regimen, I recommend downloading your own copy of The Davey Wavey Weight Loss Program. Combining nutrition, exercise and a foundation of self-love, I have no doubt that this program will transform your life.