Gosh, I know many people who need to shed a few pounds off and they struggle. Do you? They are trying so hard to be disciplined and when they relax about their program they put more on. I really liked the thoughts in this article because little goes long way in weight loss! Check it out.
The first few pounds may be the hardest to shed,
but they are by far the best. Obese people only have to lose 5 per cent of their body weight to achieve a marked improvement in their health, from a rejuvenated liver to a lower risk of diabetes, a study suggests.
Researchers said that people struggling with obesity should concentrate on losing a small but feasible amount of weight rather than aim for a dramatic change. Medical academics a the University of Washington in the United States recruited 40 obese people and split them at random into two groups. Half were asked to lose weight by cutting the number of calories they ate, while the other 20 were told to maintaining their weight.
In the weigh-loss group, 19 of the 20 participates shed 5% of their body mass over the next few months, while nine went on to lose 10 % and then 15 %. At every milestone the scientists recoded a range of health markers including cholesterol, blood, sugar and insulin sensitivity, a key measure of the risk of diabetes.
The results, published yesterday in the journal Cell Metabolism, show that the initial burst of weight loss yielded greater benefits than subsequent phrases. Those who hit the 5% target benefited from a substantial drop in body fat, as well as falls in several important risk factors for hearth, disease, although their cholesterol levels didn’t not change substantially.
Samuel Klein, director of the university’s centre for human nutrition and the lead author, said: “It makes sense for patients to aim at the easier target. If you weight 200lbs, you will be doing yourself a favour if you can lose 10lbs and keep it off. ”
And it’s not only eating we have to move regularly too! How do you keep yourself in good shape? Yoga, cycling, swimming, walking…?
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