Are we focusing on the wrong type of weight management?
Weight loss is a common concern for many people attempting to achieve specific health goals. Weight management can be a difficult and confusing task when choosing amongst the various options to lose weight that don’t always guarantee results. So, are you focusing on the wrong type of weight management?
WhatDoctors Have To Say
Doctors at Duke University say, in some instances, yes.
Those who are health conscious are usually concerned with losing weight, but doctors are not suggesting that those who struggle with their weight (more so obese individuals) should simply try to maintain it, not lose it.
Meaning, it’s a lot easier to simply cut out 100-200 calories a day than keep yourself on a diet/workout regimen that you won’t stick with.
The Weight Management Study
Dr. Gary G. Bennett of Duke headed the experiment.
The study called for 200 overweight or obese black women (specifically because “of all Americans, African-American women are at the highest risk for obesity.” Although, they’re not as likely to develop associated diseases such as heart problems or diabetes).
One group of women were given a health coach and a gym membership; the other was given a doctor to discuss weight loss.
The first group maintained, and in some instances, lost, their weight because they understood that having water instead of a soda, or vegetable chips instead of Cheetos, was really all it took.
The second group, whose soul purpose was discussing weight loss, actually gained an average of eleven pounds over three years.
In conclusion, if you’re looking to shed a few pounds, focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle instead of losing weight. This study can help you keep the weight off and make strides to living a healthier lifestyle. At Carlsbad Open MRI, we hope that each of our patients take their health seriously. If you’re battling with losing weight, be sure to take the necessary steps to eliminate the extra pounds. It can change your life for the better.