There’s some encouraging news for the millions of people who made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. A new government study says when it comes to weight loss, forget the fads, stick with the traditional way. Healthbeat team doctor Kim Mulvihill reports.
When it comes to losing weight Americans have tried some very strange methods over the years. Now a new study by the department of agriculture says when it comes to shedding pounds, the old-fashioned way is best.
The study found that any diet that limits calories to around 15-hundred a day will help you lose weight, at least to begin with. But only the traditional, moderate-fat, high carbohydrate diet works in the long term.
The USDA report recommends getting no more than 30 percent of your daily calories from fat, limiting protein to about 20 percent, and eating plenty of complex carbohydrates. That means plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes. They’ll provide lots of nutrition and help fill you up without piling on the calories.
As for those fad diets like the Zone and Atkins Diet, the study found they may help you lose weight initially, but that’s mostly water and you put that weight back on once you stop the diet.
Losing weight is only half the battle. Keeping it off is the other half. Again the evidence shows that old-fashioned exercise is the key. It helps you burn off calories and turn fat into muscle.
Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly is not exactly a glamorous formula, but it is an effective one. It not only helps you lose weight, but also it helps reduce cholesterol and other heart disease risks.