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Research points to working with an expert as key to losing weight, and keeping it off.
We all want to look and feel our very best, and no matter where we turn, we’re reminded of that. Beauty and health are celebrated ideals. Unfortunately, in today’s climate, achieving those ideals can be much easier said than done. Not only do we live in an obesogenic society, but the wellness space is over-saturated with information, and misinformation, so deciphering how to go about losing weight can be confusing and tough.
Drink this tea for lunch, and have a vitamin for snack.
Do this workout twice a day, 5 times per week.
Only eat between certain hours, and fast 16 hours per day.
Eat only white foods that are raw.
… The list of absurdities goes on. However, research* shows that there is one thing you can do that helps. According to a 2018 report by the US Preventive Services Taskforce, an independent team of medical experts supported by the federal government, when it comes achieving weight loss success, working with health experts in either a group or individual setting, is hugely beneficial.
The USPSTF evaluated 100 weight-loss programs and weight-maintenance programs, and found that those who were most successful with losing weight and keeping it off were meeting with experts frequently. Specifically, the results showed that the people who were in structured programs and were meeting face-to-face with a professional either in a group setting or individually lost 5% more of their body weight and a decreased their waist circumference significantly compared to those who were not. One of the key factors in the weight loss programs were the frequency and length of the meetings. People met with a dietitian or other health professional on average once every two weeks for at least an hour. The report explained that when you work with an expert for longer period of time, it can truly change your behavior which leads to more permanent weight loss. Additionally, meeting in a group or individually has also been shown to increase the likelihood that you’ll stay on track because it holds you accountable.
So what does that mean for you? Well, if you want to lose more weight and see real, permanent results? Don’t go at it alone, call us! Here at F-Factor, we understand the kind of support you need, which is why our private practice offers both individual and group nutritional counseling.
What else can you do? Be your own expert, and educate yourself. The wellness space is over-saturated by information, and misinformation, and it can be confusing. Do your due diligence and understand the science behind what you are doing. Why does X help you, and why will Y hurt you. If something sounds too good to be true, there’s a good chance it is. Once the science resonates with you on a cognitive level, doing anything else is just will just seem illogical. Check in with yourself too. Track your progress and hold yourself accountable by journaling.
*US Preventive Services Task Force. Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA.2018;320(11):1163–1171. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.13022