Is rapid weight loss better?
Experts have long warned that rapid weight loss is bad, but new research suggests otherwise.
New research challenges the common perception that rapid
weight loss is bad for you. NTNU researchers are now examining
whether or not the rate of weight loss really matters.
“People have long believed that rapid weight loss leads to
loss of muscle mass, and that the your body’s resting
metabolism slows down, making it easier to gain weight
again. New American research challenges this understanding,”
says Catia Martins, an associate professor at NTNU.
Martins will begin a project with other NTNU researchers
and the Regional Centre for Morbid Obesity at St. Olavs
Hospital to study the idea.
The American research concludes that people who have
lost weight quickly also have the best chance of retaining
their weight. Martins and her colleagues will recruit participants
for a study comparing two groups of obese individuals.
One group will be put on a liquid diet for four weeks,
while the other will follow a low-calorie diet for eight weeks.