Ohio State Dietitian: You’ve Been Dieting All Wrong

Best diets put health above bathroom scale …

(MICHAEL HUSON, COLUMBUS DISPATCH) In theory, losing weight sounds simple: calories in, calories out.

Weight loss comes down to this one thing, says an Ohio State nutritionist. PHOTO: Facebook

But not everybody sees the same results or the same rate of weight loss. And that can lead to frustration and surrender.

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“You have to create a caloric deficit to lose weight, but there are a lot of things that play into that,” said Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “It’s not as simple as it sounds.”

More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But only about 1 in 6 Americans who have been overweight or obese are able to successfully lose weight and maintain it, according to a study by Penn State University.

Weight loss comes down to this one thing

“Think about health first. If we think about eating healthily, then it doesn’t become a battle with the scale,” Weinandy said. “It’s really about changing that mindset. It’s really about the end goal, which should be better health.”

Weight loss can seem to happen slowly, but results are attainable through persistence and attention to overall health, she said.

“Every once in a while, I get somebody who comes to me and everything they tell me is perfect,” including what they’re eating and how they’re exercising, Weinandy said. “And things just won’t budge.”

The first variable she checks: exercise habits.

Cardio workouts, as opposed to weight training, are more effective at increasing metabolism, said Dr. Jacqueline McGowan, a Mount Carmel sports medicine physician in Lewis Center. Walking, jogging, biking, swimming and jumping rope are good activities to get results on the scale.

The American Heart Association recommends a minimum 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week to improve cardiovascular health in adults.