Study shows Americans’ effort to lose weight have limited success

A new study has revealed that Americans have been trying hard to lose the extra pounds by reducing their food intake, exercising,drinkingplenty of water and trying out new diet butthey were not reaching their goals.

As per federal survey report the number of people who tried to put down their weight was 34% during the period 1999-2000 and it increased to 42% during the period 2015-2016. The average BMI was 28 during the period 1999-2000 while it increased to 29.4 during the period 2015-2016. The people surveyed were in the age range from 40-64 years. Dr. Lu Qi, senior researcher and director of the Tulane University Obesity Research Center in New Orleans, said that although the efforts for weight loss have been increasing, obesity is not decreasing as expected. Qi said that the reason for this might be that people are not trying out their diet in an effective way.

Qi said that the most famous weight-loss strategy was eating in lesser quantity. But by doing this people tend to include fattening foods even though they reduce their food intake. There was decrease in food intake but no decrease in calorie intake. The chief of obesity surgery at the Lenox Hospital, Mew York City, Dr. Mitchell Roslin, said that research has shown that reducing food intake and exercise was not enough for a long-term weight loss plan.  When one eats less, it signals the brain that one is sick. When the brain realizes that one is sick and has lost weight, it does work to put that lost weight back. So this does not help in shedding the extra weight. So eating right is also important for maintain a healthy heart as well as to avoid diabetes.

The director of Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Lee Kaplan said that true care for this condition of obesity may require therapies or medications which will assist on the self-regulation of fat in the body.

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