Is it better to lose weight quickly? Health expert Michael Mosley gives diet advice
Health and nutrition expert Michael Mosley has offered his expert advice about the best way to lose weight and whether or not you should do it slowly or quickly.
He says the idea that it is better to lose weight gradually rather than quickly is a myth.
People who are trying to lose weight are told that if they do so quickly, they will put all the weight back on, however there is no such evidence to back up this.
Also, the Liverpool Echo has reported that a study suggested that people who see weight loss results quickly are less likely to give up due to frustration than those with much slower progress. Writing on his website Dr Mosley said: “After looking at numerous studies which have compared rapid with slow and steady weight loss, they concluded you would do better to lose it quickly rather than slowly.”
Dr Mosley said there was other evidence that proved there were advantages to quick weight loss.
He explained: “A recent Australian study backs up these claims. Researchers took 200 obese volunteers and put half of them on a low-calorie diet (less than 800 calories a day) for 12 weeks. The other half were asked to cut their calories by 500 a day (enough to lose around a pound a week). They were asked to do this for 36 weeks. There was a very high drop-out rate among the steady dieters: less than half made it to the end of the 36 weeks. Most said they gave up because they were frustrated by the slow rate of progress. By comparison, more than 80% of those in the rapid weight loss programme stuck to it.”
When the study was finished, the participants were followed for three years and the amount of weight both groups put on was similar. Michael Mosley did say that losing weight quickly may be good for some but it “isn’t suitable for everyone”. He also added that “if you do decide to lose weight fast you have to make sure you have the right balance of nutrients in your diet”.
Source: Chronicle Live