The importance of your home has shown up to be pretty meaningful when it comes to losing weight, according to a study about home weight loss that was published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine recently. The research realized that your home and the things inside it can impact your ability (or inability, if that’s the case) to lose weight– and keep it off.
Suzanne Phelan, PhD, and her colleagues set out to discover what exactly distinguishes those who lose weight and keep it off from those who can’t adequately lose weight for long periods. To determine at home weight loss, Phelan, whose further qualifications include assistant professor of kinesiology at California Polytechnic State University, and her researchers analyzed 167 people who had dropped at least 10 percent of their body weight and kept it off for five years, then compared that with two groups of overweight men and women who had difficulty dieting and finding results.
The researchers found a few different things, one of which was that the weight-loss maintainers more frequently ate low-fat foods like fruits and vegetables while in their homes than the struggling dieters. The first group also ate fewer high-fat foods like fatty snacks and spreads. Weight-loss maintainers didn’t have as many TVs in their homes, either, as well as more home exercise equipment. Essentially, those people who maintained a good weight more often had inspiring methods for losing weight lying around their home than those who couldn’t keep weight off for a consistent period.
Losing weight is difficult, and what’s going on in your home can help or halt proper weight loss. People who want to lose more than a few el-bees and keep them off might need a pro–weight loss home environment equipped with something like a treadmill, for example (if you can afford one). “We know that long-term maintenance of weight loss requires continued vigilance, monitoring of intake, and exercising,” Phelan continues. “What our study suggests is that by slightly altering your home environment, you may be able to make it a little bit easier to practice these weight-control behaviors.”
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