As well, the diets with the lowest amounts of fat had the highest rate of people quitting the study. But before you start increasing your protein and fat consumption, there may be another component to consider. Even more important than fat and protein intake was how well the participants stuck to the guidelines for their prescribed diet. That’s right, it doesn’t really matter the make up within the norm, so long as you stick to your diet.
Here are recommendations for weight loss based on these recent findings:
In order to prevent gaining the weight back, long-term changes in diet and activity are needed. When looking to lose weight you should focus on creating a supportive social and physical environment to assist in the long-term lifestyle changes. Being active can be fun and help you with your efforts.
Adjusting Macronutrient Composition in the Short-term
A possible strategy to increase your motivation and stick to your change is to alter diet composition initially. This is a way to ensure you see results at the onset of treatment and stick with it.
Consider the Palatability of the Diet
If you hate the weight loss dietary changes, chances are you probably won’t be sticking to them very long. As the diets with the lowest fat content had the highest dropout, making sure you get your healthy fats in is important. Healthy fats include olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocado, and fatty fish. Many fat-free foods are high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and calories.
Seek Out Help
Diet composition is ONE of many factors to consider in weight loss. Dietitians and healthcare professionals are here to help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get advice from an expert!
Written by: Alysha Coughler
Registered Dietitian, Sports Dietitian, PTS