Effective Weight Loss Strategies

If you've ever tried to lose weight, you know the struggle doesn't end after the first 10 pounds are lost. Dropping additional pounds becomes much more challenging. Then there's the issue of keeping those pounds from creeping back. Research published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise offers some helpful hints to keep your efforts on track.

An analysis of data from 1999 to the present suggests that adults can effectively lose weight with 150 to 250 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week coupled with moderate diet restriction. Interestingly enough, success rates diminish when severe diet restrictions are put in place, but not when greater amounts of physical activity are undertaken. Engaging in more than 250 minutes of physical activity weekly is associated with significant weight loss. Weight maintenance can be achieved with the same strategy.

The Bigger Picture: According to scientists from the American College of Sports Medicine, starving yourself is not the answer. Although watching what you eat is important, moderation is the key to success. If you want to get extreme about losing weight, take that motivation to the gym. The more physical you get the easier it'll be to drop pounds and maintain that lighter weight.
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