When it comes to weight loss, consistency may be the key to success.


When it comes to weight loss, consistency may be the key to success.

According to new research, if you want to lose weight, a “slow and steady” approach may be the best option for success.

“Journal of obesity, according to a study published in the weight loss program first few weeks weight fluctuation amplitude of the largest dieters compared with people who lose weight a pound a week, long-term to maintain weight less likely.

“In the past, we found that a healthy weight range of body weight changes every week marks the prelude to more weight gain in the future, in other words, the weight change is the biggest people most likely to gain weight over time 1 to 2 years”, chief researcher of the study, the drexel, a psychology professor at Dr Michael lowe told CBS news. “So we wanted to see if there was a similar effect in obese people who lost weight – and it did.

The study involved 183 people who were overweight or obese. They took part in a year-long weight loss program, including alternative diets and behavioral goals, such as self-monitoring, calorie monitoring and physical activity.

Participants took part in a weekly meeting, weighed, and returned to the final weight within two years after the program began. They were also asked to report certain food-related behaviors and attitudes, including cravings, emotional eating, overeating and a diet.

The analysis of the data collected showed that people, the first six to eight weeks of their weight gain and decline, were more successful in maintaining their weight over 12 and 24 months. Within a week, for example, lost four pounds, and then again in the next week two, lost after a week, often more than a week he who loses a week worse continuously.

Lowe cautioned that it was too early to draw a causal conclusion from the findings, and that the results need to be replicated in future studies.

“If, however, the stability and long-term weight loss success there is a causal relationship between, so is the best way to build diet to maximize a person every day, once a week to follow a similar dietary patterns of opportunity,” he said. “The strategy of trying to lose weight as much as possible may not work.”

Dr Nina Crowley (Nina Crowley) is the medical university of south Carolina coordinator for metabolic and bariatric surgery, a registered dietitian and health psychologist, he said, the results of the survey emphasizes “weight loss is not always better.

“Following a strict diet” rules “and” restraint “, for food and food is “all or all of the” state of mind of people may lose weight more quickly, but we know that “crash diets” often leads to overeating and weight rebound. She told CBS news. “This study supports a small change in behavior that can be sustained better than a brief, dramatic change.”

But focusing too much on size can be counterproductive, she says.

Crowley said: “I try to lose weight patients, overemphasis on body weight and body weight of behavior, rather than those lead to weight loss behavior will hinder people exercise daily behavior, so as to achieve the ideal effect.

Finally, she says losing weight is an independent process that works for one person, but not for another.

“My return home is that people react differently, just like any other drug or treatment,” she said.

She points out that the study highlights the importance of assessing your weight loss program with health experts a few weeks later, if it doesn’t work, consider trying something different.


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