Stop skipping meals just to lose weight. Research shows that having regular and balanced meals is the most sustainable weight loss method.
We all have that one friend who constantly seems to be on a diet. Hopping onto trendy diets like Atkins or ketosis eliminates entire food groups in exchange for attractive weight loss benefits. However, once you are off these extreme diets, you will be inclined to indulge excessively in the very foods that the diet deprived you of.
In line with that, a study from the University of Helsinki, that was published in the Eating Behaviours journal, reveals that women maintain their weight better when they eat regularly, rather than restricting their diets.
The decade-long study recruited more than 4,900 young men and women of an average age of 24. Important factors that lead to weight fluctuations were recorded in a survey that was handed out to the participants at the start and end of the study.
After 10 years, the results gathered revealed that only 7.5% of the women had lost weight over the decade. In fact, the female participants seemed to have gained an average of 0.9kg per year.
The factors that contributed to weight gain in the females? Dieting and irregular eating habits.
The researchers concluded that a regular eating schedule promotes healthy weight maintenance, unlike dieting which only provides short-lived weight loss. Aside from pregnancy-related weight gain, the regular consumption of sweetened beverages and a general unhappiness with life also seemed to have caused the women to put on extra kilos over the years.
On the other hand, having regular meals and being involved in moderate to high levels of physical activity protected the women from weight gain. The rules governing a healthy eating pattern? Balanced portions of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat. Load up on fruits and vegetables, plus, practise discipline and portion control when it comes to junk food items.
Instead of struggling through a strict diet for instant weight loss, commit to improving the quality of your dishes and feed yourself at regular intervals. Replace sugar with healthier alternatives such as honey, fruits or dates. Additionally, take care of your personal wellbeing and happiness to prevent yourself from derailing your healthy diet.