Losing weight is easier than you think

The tabloids were recently full of nonsense about metabolic rate, diets, weight loss, obesity…hold on…when are they not full of nonsense? The latest story claimed that it’s twice as hard to lose weight than current guidelines suggest. Is it? Here’s what the NHS has to say on the matter.

It also offers advice on the best way to lose weight and suggests that shedding just 5% of your body mass, if you’re overweight can reduce high blood pressure and lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The NHS also links out to the NIH online weight simulator tool, which allows you to input your age, gender and weight and then calculates how many calories you need to cut from your diet in order to achieve a target weight loss. It is actually a research tool and includes no advice on diet or exercise, so it’s useful but not a substitute for personal medical advice on diet and weight loss.

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2 thoughts on “Losing weight is easier than you think

  1. I assume you’re referring to the Michael Mosely on BBC Horizon. I am not convinced. He was a no-show, genetically speaking, but more worrying is that they said he’d burned an extra 500 kcal per day focusing on his NEAT and moving and walking more…but he was doing that while he was supposed to be testing the 3x20s intense exercise regime for a month, so which was it that increased his insulin sensitivity? Interesting that neither had any effect on his lung capacity. To be frank, I reckon the 150 minutes a week (even if that is a one size fits all approach) is going to be better for 99% of people than some spurious fad based on incredibly limited studies.

  2. Love the Comments, did anyone catch the lecture on TV. A few very interesting points raised by a very prestigious source. Watch it on line if you can it’s worth it.

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