Wayne, NJ (PRWEB) August 29, 2008
Are you one of the more than 130 million Americans who are overweight or obese? A study conducted by Summa Health System, Reasonable Eating and Activity to Change Health (REACH), revealed that the single most effective behavior for lasting weight loss is portion control. The research concluded that, of the 5 studied behaviors, people who focused their efforts on controlling portion size were more likely to lose weight and keep it off.
The 5 target behaviors in the study included portion control, decreasing dietary fat, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, increasing planned exercise, and increasing physical activity. While changes in all 5 behaviors led to weight loss, decreased portion sizes resulted to the greatest weight loss. More important, 38% of the participants who consistently spent 2 years practicing food portion control lost 5% or more of their baseline weight, while 33% of the participants who did not consistently practice portion control gained 5% or more of their weight during the study.
According to the study's lead researcher, Dr. Everett E. Logue, exercise remains important but that it may be behaviorally easier to skip a brownie than to run four miles. For most, skipping that brownie and controlling the amount of food intake is easier said than done.
One way to accomplish portion control is through the use of an appetite suppressant, such as SLIM Shots, the new to the U.S. appetite suppressant that triggers the body's ileal brake mechanism to instill a feeling of fullness for up to 8 hours. While there is no magic potion or shortcut when it comes to losing weight, controlling portion size is a start in the right direction of a healthier lifestyle and a slimmer you.
For more information on the portion controller, visit http://www.slimshots.com
STUDY DATA: The data for the study called Reasonable Eating and Activity to Change Health (REACH) was obtained from 329 overweight or obese primary care patients from 15 primary care practices in Northeastern Ohio from July 1998 to December 2002. Eighty-four percent of the participants were between the ages of 40 and 59 years: 30 percent were males; 28 percent identified themselves as African Americans; and 45 percent had body mass indices (BMI) over 34.9 kg/m2.
NOTE: Funding for the 2004 study was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the Summa Health System Foundation.