New research finds that the better your memory and other thinking skills, the better your chances of losing weight and keeping it off.
A new study led by Dr. John Gunstad, associate professor of psychology at Kent State University in Ohio, found that memory and other mental abilities clearly influence the amount of weight people lose.
“The results of our latest study indicate that better performance on tests of memory and executive function is linked to greater weight loss in persons who have weight loss surgery,” he said.
“We believe this effect comes from a better ability to stick to the diet and exercise habits that promote weight loss.”
He is quick to add that these findings “should not be misinterpreted to indicate that cognitive impairment automatically leads to negative outcomes.”
“Instead, it might encourage cognitive screening to help identify those people who might benefit from additional support to help them reach their weight loss goals.”
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need a plan and reminders to stay on track, he said. He recommends that after talking with your doctor to identify the best weight loss plan for you, strategies such as planning your meals in advance or using alerts on your smartphone might make a big difference.
“Some people appear to have a better ability than others to keep themselves on task,” said Gunstad. “Fortunately, a little planning can help those of us that have a harder time doing so still achieve our weight loss goals.”
Gunstad’s findings will appear in an upcoming issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.
Source: Kent State University