Print Edition - 2017-02-02  |  Health and Living

HEALTH DILEMMA BY DR LUISA DILLNER

Feb 2, 2017-

What’s the best way to lose weight?

If you’re on a diet and expect to lose 1lb a week for every 500 calories you cut a day you may be disappointed. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) guidelines say that you’ll be rewarded with a half a stone weight loss in a couple of months but Dr Kevin Hall and fellow researchers at the National Institute of Health (NIH) claim that weight loss plateaus—partly because your metabolism slows and also because people don’t stick to their diets.

You need to be realistic about how much weight you want to lose and how quickly you want to do so. You have to enter your sex, age, height, weight, how active you are, how much weight you want to lose and over what period of time. The NIH online simulator tool calculates the amount of calories to reduce, and exercise you need to do to achieve the loss. 

“The simulation tells you the life changes you will have to make to lose and maintain that weight loss. These changes are permanent. Maintenance is not so hard if you plan for it at the start,” says Hall. If the plateau in weight loss was due just to your metabolism slowing, it would happen after three years of dieting, he adds. Most plateaus happen at six to eight months and are due largely to people relaxing their regimes. “It is a struggle cutting a modest number because it can be difficult to know how much you are eating when you are not being measured in a laboratory,” says Hall. 

Published: 02-02-2017 09:12

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