Consistency key to long-term weight loss
J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D., is the lead author on a 10-year observational study of self-reported weight loss and behavior change in nearly 3,000 participants.
The participants had lost at least 30 pounds and had kept if off for at least one year when they were enrolled in the National Weight Control Registry ( NWCR ).
The participants were then followed for 10 years. Thomas explains that the goal of the study was to determine how well they kept the weight off and to identify predictors of successful weight loss maintenance.
Thomas said that on average, participants maintained the majority of their weight loss over this extended follow-up period, and better success was related to continued performance of physical activity, self-weighing, low-fat diets, and avoiding overeating.
The study has been published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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