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The best way to stay trim according to science

The best way to stay trim according to science

Many people want to lose weight, but it’s easy to get confused with all the information out there telling us to exercise more (but the right kind) and eat less (but the right foods).

So what does science say? Here’s the most up-to-date information on what the experts tell us about getting trim and staying trim.

THE STUDY

Many overweight people try to lose weight by following a low fat, low-carbohydrate The trouble is, weight tends to creep back on again after a year. This study attempted to find out which diet best maintains weight loss.

Researchers wanted to find out the best way to reduce total body weight and cardiovascular risk in overweight patients and patients with metabolic syndrome and to keep this weight off for at least a year. They evaluated the diet and exercise habits of 626 patients to see how the different habits affected body weight and cardiovascular risk after one year.

WHAT DID THE STUDY FIND?

The results showed that lifestyle habits play a key role in maintaining significant weight loss. 33.7% of patients who followed a low calorie Mediterranean diet and performed daily exercise showed a minimum of 5% weight loss after a year. These lifestyle changes also controlled their glucose levels, so their risk of diabetes was also reduced.  

In fact, the most weight loss was found to occur after 12 months, so the diet definitely helped maintain any weight loss. Scientists believe this means the associated cardiovascular benefits will also be sustained in the long term.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

If you want to lose weight and keep it off it may help to follow a Mediterranean diet  This diet also offers lots of healthy heart benefits, helps beat depression, reduces breast cancer risk and even increases life expectancy. It’s easy to eat in this way – just make generous servings of fresh vegetables, oily fish, legumes and good fats the backbone of your diet.

The study confirmed that daily exercise helped maintain weight loss so be as active as possible by incorporating NEAT into your daily life and making the most of our flexible gym passes.

 

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Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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