Slow and Steady Is Always the Best Way to Lose Weight
The recommended speed limit for weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week. But the scientific research doesn't support it, found David B. Allison, PhD, who directs the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In a recent article for the New England Journal of Medicine that busted myths about obesity, Allison cited studies that challenged the take-it-slow rule. One of these compared people who drastically cut their calories and dropped weight rapidly with people who cut fewer calories and took longer to lose, and found that both groups had the same success in keeping the weight off over 18 months.