The key to long-term weight loss and maintenance may be to lose weight quickly, not gradually, in the initial stages of overweight and obesity treatment. Losing weight fast can have lasting results, suggests a new University of Florida study.
Successful weight loss in overweight and obese individuals is defined as a reduction of 10 percent or more of initial body weight maintained for at least a year. While losing weight slowly initially results in continued weight loss and reduced risk of weight regain, losing weight at a fast initial rate may result in a greater total weight loss long-term.
Assessing 262 obese middle-aged participants, Lisa Nackers and colleagues from UF found that there were long-term advantages to fast initial weight loss. Fast weight losers lost more weight overall, maintained their weight loss for longer and were not more likely to put weight back on than the slower, more gradual weight losers. The study appears in Springer’s International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
Women who lost weight quickly were three to five times more likely to achieve the clinically significant 10 percent weight loss at 18 months compared to those losing weight at a gradual or slow pace. “We suggest that, within lifestyle weight control programs, substantial efforts should be focused on promoting large rather than small behavioral changes during the initial stages of treatment,” the authors write.
Weight loss tips:
• Fill up on fiber to curb your appetite.
• Limit sugar intake to decrease calorie consumption.
• Hydrate by drinking plenty of water daily.
• Watch portion size.
• Purchase fresh rather than packaged or processed foods.
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