NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2012) - TIME reports that a new study has pinpointed the damaging effects of skipping meals while attempting to lose weight. Although somewhat counterintuitive, this study shows that women who skip meals actually lose less weight than those who stick to a healthy meal plan. The makers of the weight-loss supplement Hydroxycut™ understand that achieving weight-loss goals requires individuals to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine -- one that does not encourage skipping meals, but rather enforces the importance of regular, balanced dietary intake.
The study analyzed 123 sedentary, postmenopausal women who participated in a weight-loss plan. Each woman, who was between the ages of 50 and 75, was assigned to a restricted-calorie diet or an exercise plus diet regimen. Throughout the study, the participants filled out questionnaires, tracked dietary changes, and reported other relevant behaviors. In total, the study spanned one year.
At the end of the initiative, researchers discovered that both groups lost weight; however, the behaviors that these women reported impacted the amount of weight that they lost. Skipping meals was one behavior that impeded the ability of women to shed extra pounds.
Participants who skipped meals lost almost eight pounds less than the women who followed their meal plan. This behavior is thought to contribute to binge eating or eating unhealthy food after fasting. Although women may assume that their caloric intake balances, this practice actually results, frequently, in the intake of more calories. Additionally, skipping meals can create changes in the metabolism, which can further complicate weight loss efforts.
But the tendency to skip a meal might mean more than the simple fact that a participant chose not to eat. The article reveals: "We also think skipping meals might cluster together with other behaviors," asserts Dr. Anne McTiernan, a member of the Public Health Science Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. "For instance, the lack of time and effort spent on planning and preparing meals may lead a person to skip meals and/or eat out more."
The makers of Hydroxycut™ advocate that sticking to a regular meal plan and recording food intake are excellent ways to stay on track with weight-loss goals. As such, the makers of Hydroxycut™ encourage individuals to maintain a healthy diet and exercise plan while using their products in order to achieve their best results possible.
Hydroxycut™ is the number one, best-selling weight loss supplement brand in America*. The key ingredients of Pro Clinical Hydroxycut (lady's mantle extract, wild olive extract, komijn extract, and wild mint extract) have been shown to reduce BMI and encourage weight loss for participants involved in two clinical studies. In the first study, the average weight loss with these key ingredients was 20.94 pounds over a 12-week period and in the second study, the average weight loss was16.50 pounds over an 8-week period. All groups involved in these two studies followed a reduced-calorie diet.
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Hydroxycut™ is available in several formats, including Pro Clinical Hydroxycut™ Caffeine Free, Hydroxycut Herbal, and more.
For more information, visit www.hydroxycut.com.