However, based on a new research that it conducted, Melbourne University claims the common opinion may just be a worldwide opinion.
The study was carried out in 2 phases at 2 different locations and spanned over 2 years. wThere were 200 volunteers who were equally grouped into 2 -gradual weight and rapid weight loss programmes.
All the candidates were obese but healthy otherwise, and aged from 18 to 70 years. The group in rapid programme received a diet containing 800 calories or less for a period of 3 months. In the gradual programme, the group received a diet with 400 – 500 calories less than their regular diet for a period of 9 months.
Scientists aimed at 15% reduction in weight of all the candidates. They tapped the reduction in their weight to understand whether the volunteers actually followed the plan. In the phase-2, which lasted in excess to 144 weeks, the volunteers were asked to adopt a suitable diet in order to maintain their weight. They had to consult a dietician regularly and exercise mildly or moderately, such as a short walk, daily too.
Participants in both the groups had regained much of their previous weight by the end of 144th week. On average, the participants of the gradual programme regained 71.20% of the weight while those in the other group regained 70.50% of the same.
While discussing the results of the experiment, researchers noted that the similarity in the rates with which the participants in the 2 groups regained their previous weight indicates that the claims of hazards in rapid weight loss are only a myth. In fact, the research said that the candidates in the rapid programme were tended to achieve their target more as well as were expected to start exercising on their own regularly. the scientists are of opinion that the achievement of impressive results quickly could be the inspiration behind their attitude towards maintenance of the acquired weight.
The results of the research are interesting indeed. However, everyone cannot interpret it as an excuse for starting crash diet. The scientists highlighted that the strict diet of the participants in the rapid programme left little scope for obtainment of necessary and normal nutrients, which is a significant problem. Moreover, the research was carried out by the Australian researchers on obese adults, and that too, only on 200 subjects. There is no certainty of the result that the same experiment can yield after it is conducted on overweight people. People who are adamant to start a diet for rapid weight loss should consult a dietician before the adoption of any such plan so that the dietician can ensure the supply of adequate nutrients to the body of dieter. Moreover, gradual programmes are less disruptive, and so, more conveniently adoptable. Thus, the chances of discontinuing any gradual programme are less.
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