If you’ve tried every diet under the sun to no avail, you are not alone.
A worrying nationwide survey of more than 45,000 women found that almost 60% said they “hated” their bodies and were constantly trying out fad diets.
If youre desperate to shed the pounds it can be very temping to try quick fixes that promise to transform your figure in a matter of weeks.
However, scientists have recently proven that the best way to beat the bulge is to lose a small amount of weight each week.
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Chew gum – A super-easy way to burn some extra calories is popping a few pieces of gum now and then. The act of chewing keeps your jaw muscles moving, andnot only will you be burning caloriesyoull stop yourself from consuming more calories.
If you really want to make a permeant change, the best way is to steadily not drastically cut down your calories.
Researchers from Drexel University in the US found people who did this were most successful at losing weight and keeping it off.
It may not seem as appealing as losing five stone on five weeks, but this strategy actually works.
The scientists reached their conclusion by studying 183 obese and overweight people aged 18-65 for a year.
Over the 12 months they used meal replacements, reduced their calorie intake and increased their exercise levels.
Findings revealed that people who lost a little and consistent amount each week, lost more over the year than the yo-yo dieters.
Another year later, participants who lost weight slowly and steadily had also kept the weight off.
High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are all the rage right now and for good reason. Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein and your body uses protein to build and repair tissues.
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The studys lead researcher Dr Emily Feig said: It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviours related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight control programme is really important for maintaining changes over the long term.
Co-author Professor Michael Lowe also offered some advise for those wanting to lose weight.
He said: Settle on a weight loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing three quarters of a pound each week.