How to lose weight and keep it off? Consume fewer calories and burn more calories than you consume, says Rena Wing, director of the Weight Control & Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island.
The Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University presented new research findings on weight loss and control at a symposium on obesity at the AAAS Meeting today. And her conclusions are painfully obvious, but ones that millions of people don’t want to deal with:
“We live in an environment that relies heavily on fast food, automobiles, and remote controls—all of which can be labeled as toxic to maintaining a healthy body weight,” Wing said. “We want to determine the most successful strategies for maintaining a normal weight and found that bigger changes are needed for success.”
Wing pointed out that obesity is a “worldwide crisis” that health experts call “globesity” and that the solution is very fundamental.
“The obesity epidemic won’t go away simple beacuase people switch from whole to skim milk. They need to substantially cut their calories and boost their physical activity to get to a healthy weight,” Wing said.
“Dieters who remain diligent about diet and exercise are much less likely to gain weight back.”