If you’re one of the millions of people struggling to lose weight, maybe it’s time you ask a physician for support. A new study has shown that those who receive advice from their doctor tend to lose more weight, and lose it faster.
Anyone who’s ever tried to lose a significant amount of weight can attest to the fact that eating less, constantly counting calories, ignoring your hunger and hitting the gym on a daily basis is not a plan that’s going to work in the long run.
What’s more, some studies have suggested that it’s much harder for obese and overweight people to lose weight because their bodies are already used to being fat.
So here’s a list of things that physicians usually advise their patients to do:
1) Adopt a low carb diet. Several recent studies have proven that people who go on low carb diets lose more weight than people who go on low fat diets. One possible explanation is that they make you fell less hungry, so sugar and starch are to be avoided at all costs as they actually make you fell even hungrier than you normally would.
On top of this, people who go on low carb diets also burn calories in their sleep. A study from 2012 concluded that simply sleeping helps them burn 300 more calories each day, which according to one of the researchers on the project “would equal the number of calories typically burned in an hour of moderate-intensity physical activity”.
2) Only eat when and if you’re hungry. The human body’s main sources of energy are carbs and fat. While fats typically get a bad reputation, many modern day experts have stressed that trans fats are the ones harming your waistline and your health.
But there are good fats (saturated fats) found in natural products such as butter, eggs, olive oil, coconut oil, meat and fish. These are the fats that you should be consuming, albeit with moderation. It’s important to eat enough so that you feel satisfied after each meal, otherwise you will not be able to adhere to your diet long enough to reach your desired weight.
And cut down on snacks. You should be careful when eating cheese rolls, nuts, baked goods and other snacks, as you can easily overeat, even when you’re full.
3) Eat real food, not special dieting products found at the supermarket.
4) Be patient with results and measure your progress reasonably. You can either chose to do so once a week or once a month, but once a day is definitely not a productive approach. Don’t expect to visibly lose weight in just a couple of days.
Also, stop relying on your scale to tell you how much weight you’ve lost. They can easily mislead you. Try using a measuring tape instead and looking at your waist circumference.
5) Tip for women: avoid eating fruit. Women typically go on a fruits and vegetables overdose when they start dieting. But there’s a problem with that – fruits hide sugar. Do you remember we told you earlier that sugar makes you feel hungry? Well it can also prevent fat from burning.
6) Tip for men: avoid drinking beer. Men love beer, but beer has rapidly digested carbs which prevent fat from burning. Try replacing your daily dose of beer with whiskey, cognac, vodka, red wine, dry white wine, or dry champagne.
7) Avoid artificial sweeteners, they’re just as bad as sugar. They make you feel hungry and make you crave sweets.
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