Right from the start of the 21st century, achieving a perfect figure became the utmost importance. In the years to follow, losing weight became a trend, and soon it flourished as a great business opportunity.
People desperately engage in crazy diet plans and Weight loss programs. Hence, studies were consistently undertaken to provide proper methods of weight loss to people. Here is an analysis of the recent most studies about weight loss.
What do the Studies Reveal?
In the year 2016 hundreds of weight loss studies were published. The main message boils down to this – Small changes to your lifestyle don’t have to be difficult or time-consuming and can still yield big results. Follow this useful advice, and you could be a pound slimmer within the first week of the month.
The Timing of Your Meal
Starting with a review study in the journal Biochimie, it answered several questions about meal size along with the timing. The researchers discovered that by having more than half of the total calorie intake (for the day) before or in the afternoon helps tremendously in weight loss. But eating more than a third of the day’s calories in the evening doubles obesity risk.
This cuts out the myth about having equally distributed meals throughout the day. The reason provided by the team was a healthy adult doesn’t need a lot of calories later in the day. This study gives a proper diet chart for the person aiming for weight loss.
The Wonders of a Glass of Water!
A study published in the journal Obesity in August 2016 questions our daily habit of drinking water after the meal. It says that by drinking a glass of water before the meal, the subject tends to lose weight.
For around three months, 85 obese volunteers were asked to drink glasses of water before having their meals. People who did this before eating lost 9 pounds (or more) on average. On the other hand, the other group lost less than 2 pounds. Such scientific results are an eye opener for most people. And it is also easy to follow the reason – water made the subjects to feel full already. Hence their calorie intake was less in the meal that followed.
Is Kitchen equally Important?
Can a vow to re-organize the kitchen help in weight loss?
Kitchen with too much visible food can actually hurt your weight. Cornell University did a research wherein researchers studied around 200 households in New York. If the sample obese subjects had very fewer food items on kitchen counters, then they consumed lesser calories for the day. And vice versa for a stocked kitchen.
If you are smart enough to take advantage of this research, then use it to inculcate healthy food habits by placing a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter.
Is Exercise Enough?
Exercise has been seen as the golden solution to almost every problem. But a study published in Current Biology in October 2016 claims that the story is not the same for losing weight.
Too less physical activity will make one unhealthy, but too much of it forces the body to undergo gigantic adaptations. This ground-breaking research actually creates contradictions in the minds of people. On one side, studies show that high exercise levels lead to people exhausting more energy and thus a great loss of weight is experienced. But on the other hand, this study reveals that putting your body under rigorous exercise routines cannot be of great help. The result still seems ambiguous.
Another study presented in Endocrine Council in March 2016 states that those people who were losing on sleep time regularly had a major risk for obesity. Even as less as a loss of 30 minutes sleep could hamper the condition!
The more interesting side of this study is that later in June ( same year) it was found out that overeating caused the sleep deprivation in the obese. The study authors stated that people who took on more carbs and fats are likely to face sleep disorders.
This study seems circular in its results proving the fact that proper sleep cycles are important to weight loss, but the cause of improper sleep cycles are overeating.
The above studies are the average wholesome conclusions for all the 2016 major studies about weight loss. Most importantly, in 2016 researchers focused on food habits of the people in terms of diet, timing, water intake and also kitchen organization. For weight loss seekers these studies give a new plan to chalk out and follow.