We all know that in order to lose weight the amount of calories we burn must be higher than the amount we consume. Simple, right? Well not if you hate exercise and have a penchant for chocolate you don’t…
But a new dieting model might be the medical equivalent of a knight in shining armour as it has found that cutting down your food intake by just 100 calories a day can see a weight loss of around 10 pounds over three years.
Sure, it’s a while to wait, but it does mean that you can go on living your life as normal without putting on weight and eventually fit into that pair of jeans that are still a bit too snug.
Health professionals usually say that cutting 500 calories a day is the best way to lose weight but the author of this latest research felt that this was unrealistic for most people and would just lead to disappointment and binge-eating down the line.
Dr Kevin Hall and his team from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases have come up with a new model for weight loss as part of The Lancet Obesity Series, which works on the basis that one pound will be lost over three years for every 10 calories per day reduction. They make the recommendation then that 100 calories could be easily cut to achieve a 10 pound drop in weight over this period.
The study’s authors analysed a variety of different diet plans and found that the body adapts rapidly to any calorie deficit, meaning that all diets with similarly reduced energy content have a similar effect on body-fat loss in the short term.
The researchers also took into account physiological differences between people based on sex, age, height and weight when designing their slower weight loss model.
This latest study follows recent research suggesting slow and steady could be the key to long-term weight loss.
But what we all want to really know is…
What does cutting 100 calories a day look like?
It’s as simple as adding a side of leafy greens instead of a baked potato for one meal a day or swapping one glass of wine for a gin and slimline tonic. Or why not scrap the butter from your toast in the morning or cut that mid-afternoon banana?
Basically, you could cut 100 calories from your daily diet and not even really notice. We think it’s a pretty good trade. And a realistic goal, too!