This is one of those articles I almost never agree with, almost. I am not a subscriber to quick fixes, fast weight loss or dramatic fitness gains but this piece got me thinking. In most studies of this type the participants regain any weight lost within days of the experiment finishing. The results of this study appear to show some of the volunteers maintaining the weight loss and some going further, losing extra weight, post study.

There could be many reasons for this unforeseen result but I see one component standing out – seeing positive results quickly has inspired continued involvement – the ‘I really can do it’ attitude.

I still do not recommend very quick weight loss, absolutely going for the lifestyle change route.

However, the study does show how the impact of positive reinforcement, from the beginning, can further the continued participation of any lifestyle change.

You, really can do it.


This from The New York Times:

This article appeared in the May 25, 2014 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Losing weight is simple: Ingest fewer calories than your body burns. But how best to do that is unclear. Most experts advise small reductions in calories or increases in exercise to remove weight slowly and sensibly, but many people quit that type of program in the face of glacial progress.

Full New York Times Article: 4 Days, 11 Pounds – NYTimes.com.