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31.Oct.2021

A study was recently published that offered weight-loss advice for people of different body types. The article made some great points in terms of the importance of developing an individualized diet and exercise plan, but there were five main conclusions that I thought needed further clarification...

We've excerpted some important passages to highlight the author's key points below:

"If you're heavier than ~~90%~~ 80% , follow my blueberry muffin recipe strictly"

"If you're between ~45% - 90%, eat just one big meal per day with light snacks before and after, then follow my blueberry muffin recipe when it feels right."

For lighter-than-average folks looking for simple tips they can apply immediately without too much thought or effort, I think this advice is just fine.

For example, if you have a lower body weight and are concerned about the health of your heart, it's important to avoid foods that are high in saturated fat (like blueberry muffins).

If you're struggling with stress eating or need help figuring out how to prevent mindless eating, things are a little different...

"If you have more than ~45% , practice mindful eating for 5 minutes before each meal by focusing exclusively on its taste and texture."

As someone with personal experience in this department, I would certainly advise making some changes beyond meditation.  At 62% , I'm happy that my doctor has prescribed me viconazole instead of letting me lose weight "naturally".  I'm also not sure I'll ever be able to eat a whole blueberry muffin in one sitting.

 

The study's results are important and deserve to be shared, but there were some limitations that weren't mentioned:

1. Participants were recruited through an ad for people who wanted to lose weight .  Participants could have been more likely to experience health issues related to obesity than the general population. The results might therefore apply differently if we considered them across the entire population.

2. Results may vary depending on the patient's starting point (e.g., their weight).   Some participants may not have experienced much benefit even after trying all of tips in this study due to their starting point.

3. Most participants were only followed for six months . It's not clear if their health improvements would have been sustainable in the long-term.

4. The study didn't measure eating behaviors before and after undergoing a lifestyle change, so it's possible that a combination of medication(s) and healthy behavior changes helped lead to weight loss.  It would be helpful to know if one or both methods led to greater benefits when combined with diet and exercise tips from this study.

5. The article may have given readers the impression that this research is novel compared to existing literature about effective weight loss programs when in fact it has all been done before elsewhere .  In addition, some advice wasn't supported by human trials and was based on animal studies only (e.g., the claim that eating more protein can prevent weight regain).

As a final point of consideration, I was surprised to learn that this study did not include any exercise recommendations.  Exercise is one of the most important things we can do for our health and fitness, so it's unfortunate that these findings didn't offer guidance in that area.

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Insert author here ^^^ ↩︎ One of the most important things we can do for our health and fitness ~~↩︎ Insert some other stuff about gym memberships or whatever ~~~~ ↩︎ Insert some other stuff about gym memberships or whatever ~~~~ ↩︎ Insert some other stuff about gym memberships or whatever ~~~~ ↩︎ Insert author here ^^^ ↩︎

 

ight the author's key points below:

"If you're heavier than 80% , follow my blueberry muffin recipe strictly"

"If you're between 45% - 80%, eat just one big meal per day with light snacks before and after, then follow my blueberry muffin recipe when it feels right."

For lighter-than-average folks looking for simple tips they can apply immediately without too much thought or effort, I think this advice is just fine.

As someone with personal experience in this department, I would certainly advise making some changes beyond meditation.  At 62% , I'm happy that my doctor has prescribed me viconazole instead of letting me lose weight "naturally".  I'm also not sure I'll ever be able to eat a whole blueberry muffin in one sitting.

The study's results are important and deserve to be shared, but there were some limitations that weren't mentioned:

1. Participants were recruited through an ad for people who wanted to lose weight .  Participants could have been more likely to experience health issues related to obesity than the general population. The results might therefore apply differently if we considered them across the entire population.

2. Results may vary depending on the patient's starting point (e.g., their weight).   Some participants may not have experienced much benefit even after trying all of tips in this study due to their starting point.

3. Most participants were only followed for six months . It's not clear if their health improvements would have been sustainable in the long-term.

4. The study didn't measure eating behaviors before and after undergoing a lifestyle change, so it's possible that a combination of medication(s) and healthy behavior changes helped lead to weight loss.  It would be helpful to know if one or both methods led to greater benefits when combined with diet and exercise tips from this study.

5. The article may have given readers the impression that this research is novel compared to existing literature about effective weight loss programs when in fact it has all been done before elsewhere .  In addition, some advice wasn't supported by human trials and was based on animal studies only (e.g., the claim that eating more protein can prevent weight regain).

As a final point of consideration, I was surprised to learn that this study did not include any exercise recommendations.  Exercise is one of the most important things we can do for our health and fitness, so it's unfortunate that these findings didn't offer guidance in that area."

Insert author here ^^^ ↩︎ One of the most important things we can do for our health and fitness ~~↩︎ Insert some other stuff about gym memberships or whatever ~~~~ ↩︎ Insert some other stuff about gym members

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