A new study was published . The goal was to determine what obese people did to lose 5-10% of their body weight. For me (currently at 207 lbs) that would be losing 10 – 21 lbs. Here is what they found after studying 4021 Obese Adults:
63% had tried to lose weight the previous year
40% lost 5% of their body weight and 20% lost 10% of their body weight.
Those that lost 5% reported eating less fat and exercising more and small percent used prescription weight loss pills.
Adults eating diet products were less likely to achieve 10% weight loss.
My Favorite Line from the Whole Study
“Liquid diets, nonprescription diet pills, and popular diets had no association with successful weight loss.”
Nuggets Pulled From the Report
Even a weight loss of 5% leads to health benefits.
So if you think, “I may start but I'll never finish,” take the small success as it will benefit you. Then see if the confidence of making a small goal helps propel you to keep going.
Most Common Strategies Used in Successfully Losing Weight
Limiting quantity of food, and counting calories, and restricting types of food.
Exercised 30 minutes per day, and added physical activities to their day. They also planned and cooked their own meals. They also weighted their food.
Eat less – exercise more. Shocking.