Losing weight can help reduce symptoms of OAB
Weight loss can be a daunting proposition. To keep it manageable, aim for long-term weight loss of about one pound per month, recommends Loyola University's Dr. Brubaker. (Always consult a doctor before starting a weight-loss program.) Get inspired to lose with these novel ways to slim down:
"Fast" on alternate days: When obese and overweight people restricted their diets on alternate days of the week, they averaged a 12-pound weight loss over 10 weeks, according to a University of Illinois at Chicago study. Participants ate normally one day (about 1,900 calories) then reduced calories significantly the next (to about 500 calories at a midday meal). Researchers say most didn't feel hungry on the "fast" day.
Eat slowly: Taking your time may help you eat less, say scientists from Imperial College in the U.K. and the University of Athens Medical School in Greece. They found that when people ate ice cream in seven small servings over 30 minutes they produced higher levels of hormones that signal fullness to the brain than when they ate fewer servings faster. More fullness hormones should help you eat less at meals.
Weigh yourself regularly: Researchers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in Minnesota recently put 100 overweight people on a weight-loss program that encouraged them to step on the scale frequently. The result: Those who weighed themselves at least once a week were 11 times more likely to lose at least 5 percent of their weight after six months than those who weighed themselves less often.