I found 167,000,000 links. You probably found something like that, too.
If you were to wade through this information you’d find that there are a handful of weight loss guidelines that surface in the research data. In other words, in study after study there were several things the participants of these studies did that resulted in successful weight loss. These guidelines are things regular people, like you and me, can do. You won’t find anything shockingly new here. These are general guidelines but they’ve proven to be effective.
Bottom line: When these guidelines were practiced as a part of the lifestyle of the people in the research studies, they lost weight.
Overview of Research Based Weight Loss Guidelines
- Weigh yourself often. At least once a week. Keep a record of your weight.
- Keep calories in control. In most cases the recommendation for women was an average of 1500 to 2000 calories per day.
- Keep track of what and how much you eat. Write it down.
- Eat 9-12 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. (Consider what the definition of ‘one serving’ is. Think 1/2 cup of broccoli, 1 small banana, 1 cup of green salad, 8 baby carrots, 1/4 cup of raisins.)
- Exercise regularly. Start slowly and build up the minutes and intensity of intentional exercise. Find extra opportunities to move more. Stay active as part of your lifestyle.
- Seek support. Connect with others who have similar goals.
When I look at this list I can’t help but think of the underlying message of these guidelines. To me, there are elements here of self-control, discipline, fellowship and eating real food. Hmmm. This sounds just like some things I’ve read in a book written thousands of years ago.
My personal conclusion? When we look at weight loss, the scientific research often confirms what God’s Word has been telling us all along.
Just one more good reason to keep God’s Instruction Manual for Life handy. He has the answers even before we can ask the questions!