A new study shows that we may be approaching weight loss in totally the wrong way, and perhaps even an unhealthy way.
We all want to lose those unwanted pounds, and we want them gone right now. Perhaps that is why we turn to crash diets and starving ourselves in order to get to the weight we want. But even if we achieve our goal all that weight comes roaring right back, and a new study may have just proven that, as we reported recently.
The study, produced by the University of Helsinki, provides tremendous evidence for something that scientists had long suspected: diets are often counterproductive and often lead to more weight gain, not less. And the secret to losing weight is actually eating regularly, as long as it is the right foods.
The reality is that it is our habits that make us fat. In order to be a person of a healthy weight, you must live as a person would who maintains that weight. And most healthy people are not doing crash diets, they’re simply eating the right foods and engaging in the right behaviors. They’re still eating just as often, they’re just eating different foods. They certainly aren’t dieting.
So instead of taking a short-term, get rid of the pounds right now sort of attitude, perhaps it would be wise to take a step back and set some long-term goals and implement small changes right now – and then build on those changes with more small changes.
“Often, people try to prevent and manage excess weight and obesity by dieting and skipping meals. In the long term, such approaches seem to actually accelerate getting fatter, rather than prevent it,” says Ulla Kärkkäinen, a researcher and licensed nutritional therapist at the University of Helsinki.