BY DR. GABE MIRKIN
More than 50 percent of Americans are overweight and can expect a premature death because of it. One of the largest scientific studies on weight loss shows that calorie restriction (below 1700 calories per day) is the most important factor that helps people lose weight and that its effect is temporary and dependant on constant re-enforcement (NEJM February 26, 2009). The ratios of carbohydrate, protein and fat were irrelevant.
But Diets Don’t Work. The Weight Loss Is Temporary
Furthermore, most dieters are incapable of following diets that restrict the proportion of carbohydrates, fats or proteins. Although the dieters were placed on diets with different protein ratios, measuring their urinary nitrogen showed that they ended up with close to the same protein intakes. Carbohydrate restriction, as measured by a drop in HDL cholesterol, showed there was little difference in carbohydrate intake. People in this study lost about 13 pounds in six months regardless of the type of nutrient restriction. However, after 12 months they started to regain the weight that they lost, and after two years their average weight loss was down to six pounds. This suggests that many will eventually regain all the weight that they lost.
Exercise To Lose Weight And Keep It Off
If you want to reduce your weight to normal permanently, you need an exercise program that involves other people so you will stick with it permanently. The more you exercise, the more weight you are likely to lose. You also need a social environment in which your companions eat the way you should eat, and constant exposure to people who are trying to follow healthful eating and other lifestyle behavior.
Courtesy of Dr. Gabe Mirkin’s ezine