Stress and Your Weight | New Research

In case you missed it, an interesting study was published last week that looked at four different diets

Dr. George Bray put participants on either a high or low fat, protein or carbohydrate diet, and followed them for two years. 

Interestingly, they all lost weight (and kept it off!) at roughly equal rated--the key was calorie restriction!

Participants also experienced roughly equal levels of hunger, fullness, cravings and diet satisfaction. This goes to prove that good old conventional wisdom--that if you just eat less or burn off more, you'll lose weight--is pretty much correct! (Okay, it's a little more complex than that: participants also got diet counseling 2-3 times per month, participated in moderate exercise for 90 minutes a week, and stuck to diets that were matched with their lifestyles calorie-wise. They lost an average of 13 pounds after 6 months, and had kept off 9 of those pounds at the 2-year mark.)

The results of this study are encouraging to those who want to lose weight. It means that you can choose a diet that fits your tastes and lifestyle, and put in a decent-but-not-too-intense level of effort with exercise, and find success. 

As Dr. Bray puts it in a press release, “The good news here, is people who need to lose weight can be flexible to choose an approach that they’re most likely to sustain—one that is most suited to their personal preferences and health needs.”

The results also bring up an important point: that stress cravings can still throw off a diet, and steps must be taken to avoid this, if you're looking to lose weight and stay fit. 

That's because when we're stressed, many of us eat more sweets and high-calorie food; indeed, we often simply eat more food than we normally would: we eat when we're not hungry, we eat to fill a void, we eat to feel better.

With so much free-floating stress these days, what can be done to keep stress from sabotaging a diet?