Consistency of weight loss may be linked to long-term sustainability

A new study published in the journal Obesity suggests that losing a consistent amount of weight each week is linked with long-term maintenance of weight loss.

The research involved 183 adults aged 18 to 65 years who were overweight or obese. Participants were enrolled in a year-long behavioural weight loss programme. The first 6 months of the programme focused on weight loss, with the final 6 months focusing on maintenance of weight loss. Weight measurements were taken at 6 months, 12 months and 24 months following initiation of the programme.

Individuals whose weights fluctuated in the first 6 to 12 weeks had poorer long-term weight loss. In comparison, researchers found that individuals who lost similar amounts of weight each week for the first 6 to 12 weeks were likely to have subsequently lost more weight at follow up at 12 and 24 months.

This study suggests that stable weight loss is associated with long-term maintenance of weight loss. For more information on maintaining a healthy weight take a look at our tips for staying in shape.



Posted: 29/08/2017 15:17:57 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Maintenance, Obesity, Overweight, Weight loss


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