We’ve all heard of the success stories, how people have managed to literally reshape themselves by addressing their lifestyle, specifically their physical activity levels and diet. Quite right too that these people should receive praise, many of these individuals were profoundly aware that they needed to lose weight but lacked the resources and know how to make it happen. Losing weight takes a LOT of mental strength and physical application, so those who have succeeded where many more have failed deserve all the accolades they get. The thing is, we don’t hear about or notice those people who sadly tried and failed to shift the excess weight they want rid of, circumstances (whatever they may be) saw that they weren’t able to lose the weight. Or maybe they were able to lose it but failed to keep it off for good, falling back into a downward spiral of weight gain demise.
So what steps can people take to keep the weight off?
Well to be frank, there are many, and it is beyond the scope of this article to go into the ins and outs of every method. However, fortunately the overall rule is simple (in theory)…control calories. If calories are controlled, weight is controlled (provided those calories are nutritionally complete i.e. control all the vitamins and minerals needed). Now I’m not going to fob my loyal readers off with that though, so instead I am going to give you the feedback and overall consensus of what 10,000 real life ‘biggest losers’ felt enabled them to keep the weight off. I warn you, if you’re into quirky, contentious, miracle diets then you might not like the answers these successful fat burners gave…guess what was top of the list? That’s right, a calorie controlled diet!
For those individuals who failed to keep the weight off, their main reasons for doing so included reductions in leisure- time physical activity i.e. activity outside of their regular daily activity. Reduced dietary restraint was another somewhat predictable cause of weight regained, as well as an increased percentage of energy from fat and poor self-control (disinhibition) whilst less obvious causes included less frequent self- weighing. This recent study, and the findings derived from the ‘biggest losers’ exhibits that the conventional wisdom we all know, and yet quite often fail to follow, still holds true!
If you’re serious about losing weight then place faith in the conventional recommendations depicted in the image above… it won’t come easy, but the facts hold true.
Medscape, (2014). Which Diets Work? A Side Order of Perspective. Retrieved 22nd October, 2014, from discount supplements