London: Want to stay slim? Don`t embark ona long-term diet regime; instead go on a crash dieting, for anew study says that the best way to shed flab and keep off thepounds is to do it quickly. Researchers have found that the key to achievingand maintaining a slim figure is to shed the weight rapidly,a finding that contradicts previous advice which suggested aslow but steady weight loss was preferable, British tabloidthe `Daily Express` reported.
In particular, women in the rapid weight-loss groupwere five times more likely to achieve the clinicallysignificant 10 per cent weight loss at 18 months than those inthe slow group. Those in the moderate weight-loss group were nearlythree times more likely to achieve this milestone than womenin the slow group, the findings, published in the `Journal ofBehavioural Medicine` revealed. The study concluded: "Losing weight at a fast initialrate leads to greater short-term weight reductions, does notresult in increased susceptibility to weight regain, and isassociated with larger weight losses and overall long-termsuccess in weight management. "We suggest that, within lifestyle weight controlprogrammes, substantial efforts should be focused on promotinglarge rather than small behavioural changes during the initialweeks." PTI
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