10 Things You Need to Know About Losing Weight

10 Things You Need to Know About Losing Weight

2009, Health  -   81 Comments
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10 Things You Need to Know About Losing WeightEvery year millions of people in Britain try to lose weight, and most fail. We are constantly bombarded with advice about dieting and the latest slimming fads. But what really works? In this programme, medical journalist Michael Mosley investigates the latest scientific breakthroughs in slimming, uncovering ten of the simplest ways you can shed those pounds. From the slimming secrets of soup to our brain's response after skipping meals, what he discovers may completely change the way you think about diets, health and losing weight.

Michael does not look like he is at all overweight, but while making this film he discovered that he, like millions of others, has internal body fat around his kidneys and liver that he really needs to lose. So he tries out the scientific tips himself, and by the end of the film he succeeds in losing the weight he wants. Plus, musician Alex James, who is a passionate cheese maker, tries out an intriguing scientific discovery - that low-fat dairy products can help you excrete more fat from all your food.

Radio presenter Amy Lame learns how just a few small changes in her daily routine can help burn significantly more calories, which is handy for those who hate exercise and the gym. And actress Debbie Chazen, who eats healthy foods, has her metabolism checked and keeps a food diary - with some surprising results.

We discover the scientific reasons why soup keeps you feeling fuller for longer than solid food: it's all to do with the particular way the stomach shrinks and expands, and we'll prove it using ultrasound scans of Territorial Army recruits. Full of practical tips and scientific insights, we discover how anyone can lose weight more easily.

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Marcia Everett
9 years ago

ooh so much so much. 1) wouldn't it be great to have National healthcare where we could all get ourselves examined to see what's going on. 2) Lots of little doo dads. I asked a woman who had lost a lot of weight once what she did and when she said EAT LESS i was crushed because I knew i couldn't. 3) Protein may keep you full but some of us want to eat less meat to No meat. and beans are pasty. Can a protein shake with low fat milk work? 4) LOW FAT? I often see LO-CAL but rarely low fat (on dairy) gotta lotta searching to do.

9 years ago

Really good post! Hope there will be more good post here!Thanks for sharing valuable information. great video.

10 years ago

Thank you very much for making this film! I love the idea of achieving big changes by implementing small ones into my daily routine and the advice shown in the movie will help me do just that ^^ Thanks!

Nick Riley
10 years ago

That fat around your kidney houses your adrenal glands and performs an important shock absorption function.
There is fat dispersed internally for a reason.

10 years ago

What about the vast majority of Nonwhite people who can't digest dairy? As though dairy is the only source of calcium instead of healthy, cholesterol free, pus and blood free, cruelty free dark green vegetables.

10 years ago

I agree completely with the tendency to under report calories. It's so easy to forget extra things that add up - olive oil when cooking, a random snack or taste of something offered by a friend, sauces, etc.

10 years ago

The documentary is really informative and uplifting. I had no clue what the afterburn effect was, or that protein, calcium or a regular soup had such a favorable impact on slimming.

10 years ago

I don't know what people don't understand..it's calories in vs calories out...duh...I lost 25 lbs by doing this...No expensive, ridiculous weight loss companies wanting ypu to eat "their food". Change what you eat to more plant-based foods..eat less...done!

Nicola-Jane Wiseman
11 years ago

I'm confused here... scientific analysis of the poo samples taken said that there was double amount of the fat excreted when Blur man was on the high calcium diet than when he was not. The conclusion at the end of that from the presenter was that an individual that followed a high calcium diet 'MAY' help with weight loss. How come 'may'? Wasn't it already proven in the scientific trial that it will? Or am I missing something?..

11 years ago

i love how everyone here thinks their an expert. Someone on a low carb diet can lose more weight eating more then they were before. So there goes your theory about calories in vs calories out.

11 years ago

I just saw this, it aired in NZ last night and like a lot of you found it very interesting, unfortunately I only saw it from about number 4 onwards. Did anyone take all of this down or are they able to provide a link to the info? I'm particularly interested in the bit about breakfast. I use to muesli and fruit but guarantee that within an hour I was hungry again. For breakfast this morning (7.30am after an hour work out at the gym) I had ham, baked beans and mushrooms on toast (forgot to take an egg to work with me) and lo and behold I only began to get peckish about 11.50am. Amazing!!

12 years ago

This was interesting. It seemed to end before the documentary was complete. I do question some of the information, especially the part on dairy. The more high fat dairy in your diet may produce more fat in your poo but it also produces more fat in your blood stream. Non-dairy alternatives like margarine actually produce more plaque in your blood stream, so natural fats are better for you, but I wouldn't go hog wild with it. Fats actually bind to high fiber veggies, like carrots really well, if they are eaten at the end of a high fat meal - which seems to make more common sense to me.

12 years ago

Save yourself the time...
Eat low fat dairy, get sleep, its not your metabolism, exercise daily, eat smaller portions and blend your food.

12 years ago

I liked this documentary. Alot of useful tips, and things that I didn't already know about. The only problem I have is, why the hell you decided to cut the ending off! You should probably add that on.

12 years ago

How seriously can you take a doctor who says "I'm not too keen on exercise" and still hopes to keep weight off healthily? No "science-based" plan, as he puts it, is going to relieve him of the need - the absolute necessity - to exercise.

12 years ago

Only need one way.. it's a magical diet I have been thinking up for a while now. It's called the "Eat less food" diet. If having too much food to eat has become an issue then you have a very cushy life and maybe give some food to people that need it. If weight is an issue then simply stop lifting your hand to your mouths a bit. Er am I missing something?

Dimitri Peruzzi
12 years ago

Interesting. It does give good tips on how to keep fat off, but we need also to remember that test performed on a single subject and once, can not be considered 100% truth for all subjects. Dima Almazov

12 years ago

We all have the best idea on dieting. But I have found the best of all diets. You can eat what you want and never need to exercise. If you wish to add exercise and watching what you eat into it you can do at your own leisure.
8 to 10 glasses every day!
And it needs to be Ice cold water.
It takes your stomach more work
to warm the water which in turn burns fat
and cleanses all the bad things in food
and in your body. The cold in the water has
to be a particular temperature before it
hits your other organs into your bladder.
Which in turn makes you lose tons of weight
I lost 52 lbs in 3 months.
And am still loosing.

The only thing that ppl need to start avoiding is
Pop is the biggest problem in americas population
of obesity.
Instead of hitting the candy section,
hit the veggies and fruits.
Grab and apple instead of a Snickers.

Its the way you think about food that makes it
sometimes difficult to lose weight at times.

Trust me this actually works. Vs, all the other
diet bull.

12 years ago

The best tip I got for weight loss was to get your fitness training done in the morning before you eat anything, your body tucks into your fat stores for energy.

12 years ago

I have a 10 "Don'ts" list you need to know about loosing weight........and here they are:

1) Don't look like my wife! (rolls-a-plenty)

2) Don't look like my wife's sister! (pound-for pound..intimadating)

3) Don't look like my wife and her sisters mom!(Michelin' Man)

4) Don't go to a restaurant with them and expect to be done any time soon.They might rub off on you!( they usually stay there long enough to roll into the next meal time.)

5) Don't expect to stand in back of them and be seen in a picture!(No 3-D version in that shot.) This is only for a before and after shot.

6) Don't mention that you're on a vegetarian diet in front of them!
( because they are very skilled with a knife and can butcher a whole chicken in less then a minute and have that thing cooked and in front of you before your will power would even have a chance to kick in)

7) Don't tell my wife and her sister's mom that their obesity might be genetacal!( because she will get in your face and smear your make-up with all her facial grease and make you hungry)

8) Don't eat any foods that my wife's family might bring to a social gathering! ( Sally Strothers has been known to unexplainly show up and film a "feed the world" comercial and spoil the event)

9) Don't take any advice from my wife and her kind when it comes to cooking your favorite dessert!( not only will they make it for you but will have visual evidence leaking from numerous chins each one posseses. In my mother-in-laws case there are four.)

10) Don't (and this is very important) by any means follow them in a buffet line and listen to them describe every item in the menu! ( they are well educated in the anatomy of animals and are known through out the community as "The Deli Trio".

These women are very skilled in deception and should be aproached cautiously because they are very sneaky in their natural habitat.

12 years ago

So-so doc, many of things are commom sense. Rememeber hearing the same things in second grade. Eat more protein, cut the carbs and excercise, why is that so complex?

12 years ago

Wow this "afterburn" phenomenon is so interesting! It never occurred to me that this existed though it makes perfect sense!

as for the milk thing, wonder if specially processed lactose-free milk also works.

I don't need to lose weight but I really enjoyed this documentary. it's both informative AND interesting.

12 years ago

Excellent documentary, very informative and it shows that small changes in lifestyle can really go along way. Also the soundtrack was fantastic; Radiohead, Bjork, Blur it was sweet lol.

12 years ago

The calcium bit was only about dairy calcium not all types of calcium and they did say you should have low fat dairy options like skimmed milk, low fat creme fraiche, low fat cottage cheese they weren't suggesting you eat lots of high fat dairy. So you would absorb calcium from other sources, but I agree its not clear if it makes the dairy calcium more difficult to absorb or not!

They didn't re-scan him so it wasn't clear how much visceral fat he had lost....would have been interesting to see the difference.

However I found it very interesting especially the soup section :0)

Jem Hopkins
12 years ago

1/ Did Mr Mosely go back for a MRI scan to establish how much of his 5kg weight loss was visceral fat, how much other fat and how much muscle? Is there any DIY method for measuring visceral fat ? I use a special plastic caliper to measure overall body fat as this is claimed to be far more reliable than any technique other than full immersion especially the electrical resistance ones.

2/ The idea of dietry calcium stopping fats being metabolised is fascinating. As well as the earlier question about possible loss of calcium, I wonderer whether this effects all fats equally, or is it biased towards un-saturated or saturated or trans etc. Also how much is removed? Did I see a figure of 5gms per day which would equate to a useful but not vast 45 cals? What would be the effect of say a tablespoon of fat-free yoghurt with or immediately after a fat containing meal?

12 years ago

well i didnt no that you could still burn fat after exercise (afterburn) this makes me feel all the better for exercising.But what would happen if i had a carbohydrate rich meal ie cous cous after i exercise. would this stop the afterburn process because i have topped up on carbs?

12 years ago



12 years ago

In fact, I have watched this documentary on Dubai Channel two days ago. I liked it very much, but I wasn't ablt to see it from the beginnig. I spent long time looking for it on the internet. Finally I found it. It is different and based on scientific experiments that we were able to watch while other (advice) based on experiments that we just read about! Thanks to all those contributed to this documentary.

Evelyn Smith
13 years ago

How informative and eye opening. Has made my resolve to lose weight more determined. I like Charles B will put my blender to good use.
Thankyou for this documentry. E.M. Smith

Charles B.
13 years ago

Wow. I need to eat more protein. I eat cereal for every breakfast, but it's high calorie, but by the time lunch time comes, I'm very hungry and can overeat. More protein in the morning would help stave off hunger pains longer.

I wish this would tell us how to redude an already enlarged stomach.

I need to get a blender so we can make soups.

13 years ago

I am looking for information on the drink that Debbie Chazen drank that gave her her actual calories consumed as opposed to her perceived calories. This looks like an excellent tool to use in a clinic and I would appreciate it if anyone could guide me to a site/company to get more details :-)

13 years ago

I like food, Nah, I love food, and I'm not going to watch this video (lol) I'm relaxing and having my banana smoothie. Can anybody help me build a magnetic motor, for world peace and stuff...

Peace & Regards

Vlatko, you rule. Come to Canada guy,

13 years ago

I've found that alternate day fasting has realy benefited me in my weight loss pursuits. I seem to have a very slow system that requires more time to digest, so by only eating on every other day I find that my weight is gradually decreasing (approx 4 lbs per month) and my general feeling of comfort is far higher than previously.

Achems Razor
13 years ago

@Colin Hall:

Absolutely! I alternate Atkins diet with all fruit diet, eat only bananas for breakfast, fruit all day long, cleans out the body. Fast a few days, with Welches concord grape juice, all that for a couple of weeks.

Then still eat lots of fruit, with proteins, lots of exercise, which should not be an option. It is my ongoing regime, lost about 60 pounds overall within 6 months, reduced my waist from 42 inches to 32 inches. And am never hungry.

13 years ago

I used to be a great advocate of the Atkins diet when I was in my 30's, but now I'm in my 40's I need something a bit more mean. To keep my fabulous figure ;-) I now do regular, periodic fasting and find it really works for me.

My 30 day cycles include: 1 x 5 day fast, 1 x 3 day fast and 2 weeks of alternate day fasting. The benefits to me are both physical and lifestyle. Keep in mind I was 17st 10lb when I began, so plenty of fat resources to feed from. The physical is obvious I lose around 8lbs of flab each month, the lifestyle is great because even though I'm dieting I can have a function each weekend and blow out still.

I'm convinced that the body need time and space to clean out and, for me at least, fasting works :-)

13 years ago

holy HELL great soundtrack! boc ftw!

Excellent doco. Very interesting.

13 years ago

I did like this documentary. it was great.


13 years ago

Hey there! Great documentary... thanks for sharing it :-)

13 years ago

What a great documentary. In fact, I've been using several of the tips and they certainly haven't hurt. I've suggested that several of my friends see the video.

Still, the biggest thing is counting calories. The better the counting the easier it is to monitor your weight.

13 years ago

It was interesting to hear the correlation between being hungry and craving high fat/calorie foods. I've noticed that when I get hungry, I'm much more drawn to the cookies rather than the carrots sticks and often wondered why that was.

I'm also a believer in the findings that choice leads to higher calorie intake. I always prefer a bit of a palette of flavours. So, if I'm somewhere that variety is plentiful (sushi for example or an indian buffet), I'm much more likely to leave feeling like I've way over eaten.

13 years ago

I was wondering about the calcium bit. If the calcium binds to the fat and is excreted, does that mean the body misses out on the calcium too? Do bones suffer as a result?

John Brady
13 years ago

I like the emphasis on only bothering with scientifically established fact, rather than the usual conjecture. With that in mind, Lee Evans, do you have any references for your comment above re eating carbs during the day vs during the evening?

13 years ago

Saying "not all calories are equal" is like saying "not all degrees of centigrade are equal" - a "calorie" is simply a measurement of energy, and yes, they are all as equal as degrees centigrade, inches, or litres.

If you want to say all "sources" of calories are not equal, that would be correct. However, it's also something so obvious that anyone with even the basic knowledge of food intake knows, and therefore it's either a simple-minded or insulting comment.

Anyhow, I haven't watched and probably won't - if they're saying dairy is the key to weight loss then they lost all of mine immediately. Humans are the only ones that drink the milk of another animal, and the only ones that drink milk after being weaned. Somehow, I just can't fathom that this is what nature intended for us, nor can I imagine what was going through the head of the first person who decided to take milk out of a cow's udder - to drink. I just hope he had a glass. *squick*

lee evans
13 years ago

Atkins will put you into ketosis, which is quite effective (and possibly neuroprotective), but evidence points that between diet and longevity, the lower your metabolic rate, the longer you will live. So best of luck to you Charles B.

oh and the paleo diet Achems mentions- I can personally vouch that on a diet of mostly nuts, eggs, seeds, and fruit, your body will begin to balance itself out.

Nobodies Right
13 years ago

I would personally stay away from Atkins, it works to lose weight and but you will probably not live excessively long...

Achems Razor
13 years ago

@ Charles B:

HaHa, Want to loose weight? Try the Paleo diet.

Google..."Paleo Diet"

Or, if you want loose weight fast, Google..."Atkins diet"

Charles B.
13 years ago

Oooooooooo! I have to watch this one again! And take notes. I want to live to be 100, but I need to take off the weight in order to live a longer more healthy life. It's really not easy at all.

13 years ago

great documentary!!!
thanks for adding

13 years ago

The soup technique works! I have been blending my food (vegetables, potatoes etc) into a pureed soup. I have lost weight and it does work, just make sure you have some protein in the soup as well.

Great doc, and great information.