King’s: Best Way to Lose Weight – Don’t Get Fat

by on July 28, 2015

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King’s College, London, recently published a study in the American Journal of Public Health on how to lose weight. The findings were that one out of 200 obese men and one out of 120 obese women attained a “normal” BMI. In other words very few got to a normal body weight.

The study tracked the weight of 278,000 people in the UK between 2004 and 2014. Of these, a total of 3,500 people previously classified as obese reached their normal body weight.

Most of those achieving a 5 to 10% reduction in body weight – which is often suggested as a first target, because even this has significant health benefits – regain the weight within two years.

A senior author from the study said:

“Current strategies to tackle obesity, which mainly focus on cutting calories and boosting physical activity, are failing to help the majority of obese patients to shed weight and maintain that weight loss. The greatest opportunity for stemming the current obesity epidemic is in wider-reaching public health policies to prevent obesity in the population.”

Take heart

Although, if you are trying to lose weight, this sounds a bit depressing, the point is you could be one of those 3,500 people, if you’re in a situation of obesity.

The main thing is to find a method that works for you.

There are ways which have clearly been shown to encourage weight loss, and ways which are widely believed to produce weight loss but which actually don’t.

I discuss the methods which work in this article: How to Lose Weight.

The ways which do work are, on the diet front: a high protein and low carb diet, and on the exercise front, weight training and interval training.

These are just the broad brush strokes. It also healthy to have a wide range of fruit and vegetables, much of it raw, and to get a good amount of general exercise, such as a sport played regularly.

And some myths of losing weight are – aerobic exercise, or extended periods of moderate exercise (treadmill, running, jogging etc) does nothing for weight loss, and neither does a low-fat diet.

All this is discussed in the article.

Anything might work

Although these points above are factual, we probably all know jolly well that facts aren’t everything. Sometimes an approach goes against the facts but still works.

One example of this is the Slimming World diet which doesn’t make any sense at all – to me – but I know it works for a lot of people.

It’s a low-fat diet – which goes against the above rules and they also allow you to eat lots of certain types of carbs – for example potatoes. Which, again, is against the above rules. But I know of a dozen people for whom this diet has worked very well. And they kept the weight off.

I can’t say these people were actually obese – I don’t think they were. But nevertheless, if it loses weight and keep it off it’s got to be worth considering.

So, at the end of the day, losing weight is really a matter of finding out what works for you which is going to take a bit of experimentation.

So I think you have to try different things and then measure what’s working. Certainly bear the facts in the previous section in mind and read the article I’ve referred you to.

But the main thing is to be committed to losing weight, keep trying things out, and notice what is working. Add this to consistency and that your best chance of losing weight.

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