Sam lost 10 kilograms in three months. Previously Sam had struggled to lose 2 kilograms in a month. Sam did not make any drastic changes to witness such a huge variation in his weight loss. He did not follow a particular diet plan, he did not eat meals prepared by diet companies nor did he exercise harder, although each of these were tested by Sam during the previous phases (including the 2-kg phase) of struggle. But, the recent weight loss phase had only one change which is the simplest.
We minimize fat intake, increase fiber consumption, stay away from carbs and include more proteins to stay healthy. Every diet book has the latest diet proclaiming it to be the best diet till date. So, the major question here is ‘Which is the best diet to lose weight and stay off the lost weight?’
A new journal study has got the best answer to this question. The researchers analyzed 811 overweight adults categorizing them under four different diet plans which had different proportions of macronutrients (fats, protein and carbs) in them. Macronutrients are the key players for a healthy body and to know more about these essential elements, please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
The study showed that on an average, participants lost around 5.5 kilograms at the end of the sixth month and were able to keep 4 kilograms off at the end of 24 months, irrespective of the diet they followed. Isn’t it shocking? We surely know that diets such as the DASH and Mediterranean are certainly healthier than the rest. But, in terms of losing weight all diets work on the same principle of restricting your calorie intake. You lose weight when you eat less.
Coming back to Sam’s story, what was the one change which he implemented to lose weight? Every person has one greatest ingredient enemy and in Sam’s case it was sugar. He used to eat sweets daily and sometimes, even gulp down three glasses of smoothies in a day. When Sam cut down on the sugar intake, the everyday cookies, chocolates, pastries and ice creams, everything started falling in place.
Every person has that one ingredient that alters most of their calorie intake and body weight too. For some it might be oily foods such as samosas and for some others it might be soft drinks. But, this one change brings about a great behavioral change as diet is nothing more than a behavioral change.
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.