SLOW AND STEADY
RAPID WEIGHT LOSS
Recent Australian research indicates that gradual weight loss is not superior to rapid weight loss for long-term weight control. Interestingly, rapid weight loss demonstrated significant additional benefits, including enhanced self-esteem, increased motivation, and satisfaction, along with no rebound weight gain observed within 12 months.
Conducted by researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Weight Control Clinic at Austin Health, the study aimed to challenge the common belief that swift weight loss correlates with rapid weight regain. The trial involved 200 obese adults randomly assigned to either a 12-week, rapid weight loss program featuring a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate diet, or a 36-week gradual weight loss program based on prevailing dietary recommendations.
The results defied conventional expectations, particularly those aligned with the traditional "Slow and Steady Approach" to weight loss. Surprisingly, there was no discernible difference in weight regain at the one-year mark, with rapid weight loss showing a slightly better outcome.
Medical explanations for this phenomenon include the absence of carbohydrates in rapid weight loss diets, leading participants to burn fat for energy. Additionally, the release of hunger suppressant hormones known as ketones was observed, which have been proven to increase the satiety (fullness) hormone, contributing to a heightened sense of fullness.