A new study out of California, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association adds more evidence to the fact that good old-fashioned, healthy weight loss behaviours are the most effective when it comes to losing and keeping weight off.
The study involved 130 adolescents who were attempting to lose weight in a number of different ways, grouped into four categories:
- Healthy weight control behaviors, which included eating fewer calories, increasing exercise, eating less high fat and junk food, drinking less soda, drinking more water, weighing oneself, eating more fruits and vegetables and doing different types of exercise.
- Unhealthy weight control behaviors, which included laxatives, vomiting, diuretics, smoking and fasting.
- Extreme dietary changes, which included use of liquid diet supplements, the Atkins diet, a structured diet, fasting and increasing protein consumption. And finally,
- Structured behaviors, which included eating a certain amount of calories, counting calories, recording food intake and working with a professional.
According to Kerri Boutelle, of the departments of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, "our findings suggest that there are no magical solutions, and that behaviors such as eating more fruits and vegetables and eating less fat and decreasing sedentary time seem to offer the most promise for success..."
Check out more about this study in the article called "Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies" from HealthDay (Dec. 4, 2009).