Doctors at Duke University say, in some instances, yes. Those who are health conscious are usually concerned with losing weight, but doctors are not suggesting that those who struggle with their weight (more so obese individuals) should simply try to maintain it, not lose it.
Meaning, it’s a lot easier to simply cut out 100-200 calories a day than keep yourself on a diet/workout regimen that you won’t stick with.
Dr. Gary G. Bennett of Duke headed the experiment.
The study called for 200 overweight or obese black women (specifically because “of all Americans, African-American women are at the highest risk for obesity.” Although, they’re not as likely to develop associated diseases such as heart problems or diabetes).
One group of women were given a health coach and a gym membership; the other was given a doctor to discuss weight loss.
The first group maintained, and in some instances, lost, their weight because they understood that having water instead of a soda, or vegetable chips instead of Cheetos, was really all it took.
The second group, whose soul purpose was discussing weight loss, actually gained an average of eleven pounds over three years.
So, overweight people should focus on preventing weight gain rather than losing weight, and even though who aren’t overweight can use this prevention method as a starting point to their healthier lifestyle change.
You can find the full article from Eyewitness News 4 here, including a great video on the topic.