Dieting isn’t enough for Weight Loss, Here’s what you should do
Dieting isn’t enough if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Whether you want to look fit or burn excess fat, you’ll need to do some extra work.
According to research conducted by Stanford’s researchers, you need exercise and dieting to reach your health goals.
For this study, Abby King and his colleagues enrolled 200 people older than 44 years. All the enrolled people were unhealthy who all focused on getting healthy but not lose weight.
They were divided into four groups.
The first group received counselling on eating healthy for the first 4 months. After that, it got nutrition as well as exercise counselling for 8 months.
The second group received 4 months of exercise counselling first and then it received the dietary and activity counselling for the next 8 months.
The third group got both kinds of counselling for all 12 months.
Lastly, the fourth one only received counselling on stress-reduction.
The ultimate goal of all the 4 groups was to increase exercise to 150 minutes every week. They also had to reduce the percentage of saturated fats in their diet to 10%.
The result of the study:
The third group was the only one which achieved both of the goals. The fourth one failed in all aspects. The second one met the exercise goal whereas the first one met the dietary goal.
It is clear that if you want to improve your health, you should focus on both aspects. Dieting alone isn’t very helpful.
What you should do:
We know starting a diet along with exercise is rigorous. It will require to put a lot of effort but you should know that it’s the most effective way to get solid results.
Here are a few things you should do:
• Start Slow
Don’t start everything at once. It will exhaust your will power and you’ll give up eventually.
Instead, focus on starting small. Replace unhealthy foods with healthy ones.
Start jogging or going to the park.
Such simple steps will ensure you don’t get discouraged. They will also help you keep it up for a long time.
• Write your Goals
You should identify your health goals. How much weight do you want to lose?
How many calories will you reduce?
Keep your goals realistic and challenging. Don’t create impossible or too easy goals because both of them will hurt your self-esteem.
• Tell Others
Tell your friends and relatives about your plan of starting a healthy lifestyle. They’ll hold you accountable and make sure that you stay on track.
• Work Your Way Up
Increase your workout and dietary restrictions as you make progress. This will not only boost your confidence but also bring you closer to your dream physique.
It’s true that starting a diet along with an exercise regime isn’t easy. But it shouldn’t stop you from leading a healthy lifestyle.
The Stanford study also shows the importance of counseling and persistence.
What do you think of the study? Let us know.