A new scientific study claims that women who dine out during lunch tend to lose less weight than those who stay at home.
In a year-long study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in
Seattle, researchers discovered a significantly different result in the
weight among older overweight and obese women who kept "food journals" (recording what they ate, how much of it and how many
calories) versus those who didn't. The women who participated were 50 to 75 years old, and were divided into two groups: diet only and exercise
plus diet. Both groups lost an average of 10% their body weight.
The study revealed that women who kept the journals lost 6 pounds more than those who
didn't. Even more surprising is that women who skipped meals lost 8 pounds LESS than those
who ate regularly.
The study also determined that something as simple as avoiding restaurant meals, keeping a ‘food diary’ and ensuring you don’t skip meals were more effective than fancy diets when it comes to successful slimming. Dr Anne McTiernan, who led the study, explains:
'When it comes to weight loss, evidence from randomised, controlled trials comparing different diets finds that restricting total calories is more important than diet composition such as low-fat versus low-carbohydrate.
'Therefore, the specific aim of our study was to identify behaviours that supported the global goal of calorie reduction.'
And of exercising, McTiernan said:
"Exercise alone does not cause very much weight loss. Most studies have shown that with exercise alone you might be able to lose about two to three pounds over a year. What exercise does do is keep weight off-long term and it helps prevents loss of muscle."
the first study among women of this age group that examined a range of
weight-loss strategies and eating behaviors to see which worked and