Planning a holiday trip? Or a New Year’s resolution, perhaps? Countless people resolve to lose the weight they gained over the holidays, but a recent weight loss study suggests that successful weight loss isn’t just about your diet plans; it may also involve your car keys. When many dieters make their weight loss plans, they think of carbs-to-protein ratios, calorie-counting, and tedious measuring. All those numbers can make your head spin like you’ve just read a confusing report on Virident FlashMAX M1400 performance. But this recent weight loss study demonstrates that a simpler approach can be effective and doesn’t have to involve confusing technical analyses: just lose your car keys. And then go chase down that bus.
Researchers from the University of Illinois published their study in Preventative Medicine. The results of the study indicated that if adults drive just one less mile per day, their body mass index (BMI) would decline by 0.21 kg/m2 in six years. This doesn’t mean, of course, that you can cut out one mile per day and spend that time sitting on the couch instead. Rather, the weight loss reflects increased physical activity to compensate for less driving time. So instead of driving, walk to the bus stop. When you’re planning out your diet with Dr. Gullo’s weight loss strategies, remember to include daily physical activity. If you’re not a fan of the treadmill, don’t force yourself to do it because you’ll only slack off the next day. Instead, plan out activities that you find enjoyable. Walk your dog an extra mile, throw a Frisbee with your friends, or kick a soccer ball around with a youngster.