If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be told that you need to lose weight. Following this advice can help you do that. However, you will find that there is no single weight loss diet for everyone. It depends on many factors including your health, your age, your daily activity level, and your preferences. Here are some tips for those who need to follow a weight loss program.
First, if your physician recommends it, there are certain ways to lose weight without putting your long-term health at risk. A steady, low-calorie diet of 1,500 calories a day is recommended for your best long-term weight control. That’s a pretty low-calorie diet. On the other hand, a low-carb diet, including all of the vegetables and fruits you eat, along with lean meats, whole-grain foods, and low-fat dairy products is optimal for weight loss.
Second, one study showed that restricting calories had a much greater weight loss effect in women than in men. The study compared women who were following an Atkins diet versus women who were following a more traditional low-calorie diet. The women on the low-carb diet lost an average of twenty-three pounds, while the women on the low-calorie diet lost an average of fifteen pounds.
The difference in the weight loss between the two groups was six pounds. So, in terms of safety, a low-calorie diet is better for overall health and probably works better for people who are more physically fit.
Third, there have been many recent studies showing that restricting calories doesn’t work. In one such study, researchers studied overweight teens and found that the only real difference between those on diets that allowed calories or those that didn’t was their increased body fat. So, weight loss was not the only result of a diet.
In addition, the teens on the calorie-restrictive diets gained significantly less body weight than the teens who didn’t have any dietary restrictions. In addition, in another study, overweight adults were given a sum of money (a “payoff”) after a few months if they would reduce their caloric intake by twenty percent.
Fourth, by eating fewer calories, you can eat fewer calories and still lose weight. That’s one of the reasons why so many dieters fail. When you eat fewer calories, your body burns less muscle mass, and you lose muscle mass even if you don’t eat fewer calories. But, when your diet includes lots of high-fiber carbs, you eat fewer calories, so you burn more muscle mass, resulting in weight loss.
That’s the summary. Eat fewer calories, but don’t do so at the expense of eating healthy. Use those tips to create a weight loss program that works and stays motivated. With the right attitude, you can achieve your weight loss goals.