In a huge shock and surprise, research proves that the primary factor in fighting obesity is motivation, not money.
A study published in the Feb. 26 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, for instance, compared four popular diets and found they all produced similar results. After two years, the dieters in each group lost an average of nine pounds. Notably, the dieters who attended more counseling sessions lost a little bit more, which may support the notion that behavior is more important than diet alone.
Motivation, though, is not always easy to come by — especially when it involves changing habits. Some people may need a little help to kick-start a weight-loss regimen, whether that means following a popular diet or enrolling in an organized program. Your goal, though, should not be short term.
From least to most expensive, here’s the options:
- If you have a lot of self motivation, be sure to eat mostly fresh foods high in fiber, like vegetables, and keep count of calories. Exercise regularly.
- Spend a few dollars and buy a good guidebook if you feel hesitant about doing it alone.
- Joining a group, such as Weight Watchers, can help with that extra bit of motivation. Jenny Craig is more expensive, but provides one on one guidance.
- Sign up for a hospital program, especially if you have a condition like diabetes and need to lose a lot of weight.
The reason motivation is such a strong factor has to do with keeping the weight off. Almost any diet system can help with losing a few pounds, but the right system will help you keep it off.