Washington: The key to long-term weight loss and maintenance is to lose weight quickly, not gradually, in the initial stages of obesity treatment, suggests a new study. As part of the study, Lisa Nackers and colleagues, from the University of Florida in the US, and her team examined the association between rate of initial weight loss and long-term maintenance of lost weight, by looking specifically at whether losing weight at a slow initial rate results in larger long-term weight reduction and less weight regain than losing weight at a fast initial rate.
"Our study provides further evidence that, within the context of lifestyle treatment, losing weight at a fast initial rate leads to greater short-term weight reductions, does not result in increased susceptibility to weight regain, and is associated with larger weight losses and overall long-term success in weight management. We suggest that, within lifestyle weight control programs, substantial efforts should be focused on promoting large rather than small behavioral changes during the initial weeks of treatment," the authors said. Their findings are published online in International Journal of Behavioural Medicine. ANI
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