Self-confidence ‘the key to fast weight loss’
Those looking at how to lose weight fast through exercise can use cognitive strategies to increase their confidence and chances of success, new research has suggested.
A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has identified the problems that commonly prevent people from succeeding at their exercise routines and suggested that a quality called self-efficacy could be key to overcoming them.
Edward McAuley, a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois, suggested that this situation-specific self-confidence can be applied throughout people's lives and helps them get through the tough parts of losing weight.
He said: "People who are more efficacious tend to approach more challenging tasks, work harder and stick with it even in the face of early failures."
Mr McAuley suggests those with low self-efficacy can remember their previous successes, observe others doing the activity and get support from others to help them through these difficult times.
Those looking to lose weight fast should also try adopting the Mediterranean diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, dietitian and grub4life.org.uk founder Nigel Denby has advised.
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