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11 July 2011

Stabilising is more important than weight loss

Research shows that the behaviours that help people lose weight don't overlap much with those that help them maintain their new shape, proving that diet programmes should be more case-specific.

Many dieters feel jubilant when they reach their weight goal, only to find that the kilos somehow return after that.

Using a random phone survey of 1,165 adults, they found that there was little agreement between the two. Those who used a consistent exercise routine or ate plenty of low-fat sources of protein were more likely to report weight-loss maintenance, not weight loss. And those who reported doing different kinds of exercises or planning meals ahead of time, for example, were more likely to report weight loss but not weight-loss maintenance.

 
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