Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day FRI 28 NOV 14
Need to maximize room space? Make sure you utilize built-in closets and freestanding cabinets.
  • Good House Keeping
    The New Mrs. Pitt, Angelina Jolie, is on the cover of the November issue of Good Housekeeping!
    Good Housekeeping
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
December 02, 2012

You Lose More Weight When You Exercise for Yourself, Says Study

You're more likely to shed unwanted pounds when you do it for yourself than for friends or family. By Jennifer Chan

Are you having trouble keeping the weight off? If so, then perhaps you ought to review your motivations for slimming down in the first place. According to a new study published in the Open Obesity Journal and reported in MedicalNewsToday, the most successful slimmers are those who do it for themselves, not for others. 

In an effort to determine what helps people lose weight, researchers looked at the motivations of 292 Slimming World members who had lost an average of six lbs. and kept it off for 13 months. Based on the results, it appears that most of them answered that they were trying to lose the weight for themselves and for them to feel good about themselves. The researchers also noticed that reasons such as wanting to please family and friends didn't seem to have a strong effect. 

"Losing weight isn't always easy and keeping it off can be even more of a struggle," shares Dr James Stubbs of Slimming World and author of the study. "When starting a weight loss program, motivation is important, as it can be easy to lose heart and give up if you aren't committed. You'll feel more motivated if you're doing it for yourself rather than to please someone else, because losing weight is such a personal issue."

In addition, researchers say that losing weight is not all about doing it for yourself as well. Try to find a fitness regimen or a diet that suits you and your lifestyle, so staying fit won't seem like a chore. 

(Photo by Mike Baird via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
7 Things to Do In the Middle of a Traffic Jam
What to do when you're stuck in the worst gridlock imaginable  Nov 26, 2014 
Swapping Snacks: Healthy Changes to Your Favorite Merienda
These simple tweaks can definitely up your health quotient.   Nov 25, 2014 
Superfoods: The Holiday Edition
Power up your Christmas feast!  Nov 20, 2014 
5 Small Ways to Become Happier
Turn that frown upside down with these tips.   Nov 19, 2014 
Holiday Stress SOS
Save yourself from these Yuletide traps.   Nov 12, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT