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Shedding consistent pounds each week linked to long-term weight loss

Shedding consistent pounds each week linked to long-term weight loss”

According to a new study from Drexel University in Pennsylvania out on Monday in the Obesity journal- STEADY is the key to win the battle of weight!

Increased weight variability and an overall decrease in weight loss were identified in participants who reported lower binge eating, emotional eating, and less preoccupation with food at the beginning of the study, suggesting the lack of importance of relationships with food in predicting the success in weight loss and maintenance.

For one year, almost 200 overweight or obese adults followed a weight loss program and researchers found that those who had consistent weight loss in the first 6 to 12 weeks were more likely to keep the weight off 1 to 2 years later than those whose weight fluctuated.

However, studies have showed that the total amount of weight loss in the first few weeks of a program can predict how people do much later on, she said.

Researcher Dr Emily Feig, of Drexel University in the USA, said: "It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviours related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight control program is really important for maintaining changes over the long term".

The participants' weights were measured at weekly treatment sessions, with a final weight measurement carried out two years after the onset of the program.

The subjects in the study were mostly women.

What the researchers discovered was that higher weight variability over the initial six and 12 weeks of weight loss treatment predicted poorer subsequent, long-term weight control at 12 and 24 months.

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The scientists did not explore the reasons why some participants' weight varied more than others.

Dr. Zhaoping Li, director at the University of California, Los Angeles' Center for Human Nutrition, who was not involved in the new study, said the findings are consistent with what has been seen in scientific literature. The study shows that even if it is a slower process, steady weigh loss through scheduled eating and exercise are the fat killer weapons.

Dr. John Morton, chief of bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at Stanford Health Care, said there were two findings of interest in the new study. "So we wanted to see if a similar effect would occur among obese individuals who were losing weight - and it did". "You lose weight for a while, then it plateaus, and then you lose weight again", he said.

So I suggest all of you to stay consistent and stay healthy.

Still, the new study came with some limitations.

Emily Feig, PhD, lead author of the study.

Co-author Professor Michael Lowe advises: "Settle on a weight loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing three quarters of a pound each week".

A separate study that was presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions a year ago suggests that intentional weight variability, known as "yo-yo dieting", may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death and coronary heart disease mortality in post-menopausal women.

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