Key to long-term weight loss may be as simple as more fat, fewer carbs

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 23:11 in Psychology & Sociology

Losing weight is hard work, but many people who have lost weight may agree that keeping it off can be an even greater challenge. A lack of self-control or a few too many dietary indulgences are often cited as reasons for regaining weight. But a new study in the November issue of BMJ questions this conventional view, finding that the type of calories you consume may influence how likely you are to keep that weight off for the long term. The human body is designed to protect itself when it sheds weight, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, by increasing the urge to eat while slowing down the metabolism and more efficiently storing fat. Although it may be exciting to see the numbers on the scale drop, this makes it harder to keep losing weight or even maintain weight loss. The purpose of the BMJ study was to see if different levels of carbohydrates in...

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