If you want to lose weight and keep it off, take your time and be consistent, a new study says.
Researchers discovered that when dieter’s weight went up and down or swung irregularly, they were less likely to maintain weight loss over time.
“It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviors related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight-control program is really important for maintaining changes over the long term,” said study lead author Emily Feig. She is a former graduate student at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
I think when you try to lose too much weight at one time or set unrealistic goals, it puts too much pressure on you then that causes you to give up. Being patient will take that extra stress away and give you the freedom to be consistent which will help you maintain weight loss.
During the study, scientists analyzed why some individuals have more issues maintaining weight loss. The study authors inducted 183 individuals in a 12-month weight-loss program and monitored them for two years.
The people relied on meals replacement and set goals, for both their total calories and physical activity. Also, they reported on food behaviors such as binges, cravings and emotional eating. They did weekly weigh-ins during group meetings. The participants weighed in for a final time one year after the weight-loss program had ended.
The study, published Aug. 28 in the journal Obesity, discovered that the people who had erratic swings in their weight did not fare as well as those who reliably lost a consistent amount of weight over the course of the program.
“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,” principal investigator Michael Lowe, a psychology professor at Drexel, said in a university news release.
Source: Drexel University, news release, Aug. 28, 2017
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