While there is always plenty of talk about urban obesity, new research shows that sisters are bucking the trend.
Researchers at Boston University’s School of Medicine studied the habits of 18,000 African-American women who lived in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. After six years of observations, researchers concluded that African-American women who live in more densely populated urban areas gain less weight than those in more auto-friendly areas.
The results of the study aren’t that hard to explain. For women in densely populated areas, walking and taking public transportation helps to keep them active everyday. But what does that mean for women in the ‘burbs? How can suburban sisters avoid carrying more pounds and keep them off?
- Keep in touch with the scale: Research shows that checking your weight regularly can help you reinforce healthy eating and fitness habits as you see the needle move more and more to the left. Don’t obsess, but definitely keep it on you mind.
- Eat lean protein: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that women with protein heavy diets are more likely to keep of the pounds. Load up on the lean proteins like fish and turkey, but avoid fatty cuts of red meats as much as possible.
- Go green: The food pyramid never lied. Sticking with 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day can help the pounds from creeping back on. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women who ate the recommended serving of greens were 60% more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
- Sweat it out: There’s no avoiding it–if you want to lose weight you gotta sweat. Women who commit to 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week were twice as able to keep off the weight. But don’t just make it a walk in the park- research suggest a vigorous workout- one that you can’t hold a convo through is best. So flirt some other time. When you’re getting in your cardio give it your all.
- Avoid dining out: This is probably the hardest thing for girls living outside city limits. With chain dining options and social events, it’s easy to pack on the calories and not even notice. You can have a great time out, but if you do try to eat in first. Feeling full will allow you to make a healthy choice first and better ones when the menu is plopped in front of you.
Clutchettes, give us your take- does being a city girl make weight loss truly easier or can you stay fit in the burbs as well? Share your thoughts and tips as well!