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Go Light on Lunch for Simple Weight Loss

By Bailey Mosier
 
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“Making small reductions in energy intake to compensate for the increasing number of calories available in our food environment may help prevent further weight gain, and one way of doing this could be to consume portion-controlled lunches a few times a week,” co-author and graduate Carly Pacanowski said.

“To stop the increase in obesity, we are going to have to learn to consume fewer calories and here is one simple, low-cost way to do it,” lead author David A. Levitsky concluded.

While the release doesn’t tell us the starting weight of the participants, their exercise habits, age, whether they were male/female, etc., the Cornell University team’s findings are encouraging. Perhaps this is one small and simple way to shed unwanted pounds without having to make major lifestyle changes.

Whether or not they come up with more simple How-To weight loss tips remains to be seen.

Sources:

Weight loss without the hunger: Cornell scientists say eat a lighter lunch. EurekAlert. Web. 30 Aug 2011.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/cu-wlw082911.php

Losing weight without dieting. Using commercial foods as meal replacements for lunch produces an extended energy deficit. Science Direct. Wed. 30 Aug 2011. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019566631100136X

Why eating a lighter lunch can help you lose weight WITHOUT making you hungry. Mail Online. Web 30 Aug 2011. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019566631100136X

Bailey Mosier is a freelance journalist living in Orlando, Florida. She received a Masters of Journalism from Arizona State University, played D-I golf, has been editor of a Scottsdale-based golf magazine and currently contributes to GolfChannel.com. She aims to live an active, healthy lifestyle full of sunshine and smiles.

Reviewed August 31, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Jody Smith

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This is encouraging but just reducing your calorie intake doesn't give the best weight loss results and usually means that you are loosing muscle rather than body fat. To ensure you loose the right type of weight you should also include an exercise plan to any weight loss regime. www.e-slimmer.com/slimming-exercises discusses a variety of exercises to help get you slimmer and keep the weight off.

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