Old beliefs about best ways to lose weight can have a detrimental effect on your New Year's resolutions.
ANN ARBOR-People with the goal of losing weight in 2015 should first ask themselves if diet and exercise are important for success.
If a person believes that obesity is caused by overeating or lack of exercise can predict whether he or she will gain or lose weight, according to research by the University of Michigan, published in the journal Psychological Science.
With two thirds of the US population classified as obese and similar numbers in many developed countries, obesity has become a major public health concern.
In a series of studies conducted in five countries and three continents, research showed that people mostly think that obesity is caused by lack of exercise or poor diet.
The beliefs of any person predict how they will face the goal of weight loss. Experts said that people who believe that obesity is caused by diet, consume less food. Those who believe that it is caused by a lack of exercise should do more exercises. The problem with this is that people tend to overestimate the amount of calories burned during exercise and underestimate the calories in the food they eat.
For example, a cup of Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino contains 580 calories. To the average person would take four hours to hike to override calorie intake. (SOURCE: University of Michigan)
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