There is a lot of weight loss information out there today. When trying to burn fat and lose weight, one of the most difficult issues becomes determining what information is legitimate and which information you should avoid. A research report released by the New England Journal of Medicine sheds new light on how diet and lifestyle choices impact weight loss, especially long-term fat accumulation.
According to the information provided, small changes in foods and drinks, physical exercise, sleep and sedentary activity significantly influence long-term weight loss or weight gain. Specifically, the changes made to a person’s diet appeared to have the most influence when it comes to determining weight gain or loss. Over time, these changes significantly increase or decrease the risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.
Small Diet Changes, Big Weight Loss Results
The average American gains roughly one pound per year. The study examined the foods that resulted in the greatest amount of weight gained, these foods included potato chips, soda and sweetened drinks and processed meats. The study also revealed foods that resulted in the least amount of weight gain, even when consuming greater amounts; these foods included vegetables, fruits, nuts and yogurt.
Rather than focus on the amount of calories, fats or carbohydrates consumed on a daily basis, the study recommends focusing on eating more healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables and yogurt. Additional suggestions include avoiding processed foods and sugars and substituting less processed foods like nuts and grains in place of white bread, rice and cereal.
The study also reported that people sleeping between 6 to 8 hours each night demonstrated less weight gained than those who slept less than 6 hours or more than 8 hours.
The results of the study indicate that while diet, exercise and lifestyle choices each have small, positive influences on weight loss and overall health, combining all three demonstrate dramatic, long term-improvements.