Everyone wants to lose those last five pounds. But keeping the weight off can be hard. Maybe in the past you’ve been successful, but somewhere down the road those pounds snuck back. Losing weight and keeping it off can be difficult, but new research suggests your initial weight loss can determine how successful you will be in the long run.
Published in the July issue of Obesity, researchers examined weight loss in patients to help determine long-term success. The Look AHEAD weight loss study is the largest of its kind within the United States. By using diet and exercise researchers can determine the long-term success of weight loss.
The research examined 2,290 participants from the Look AHEAD study. These individuals had Type 2 diabetes, a body mass index less than 25kg/m2 and were between the ages of 45 and 76. Patients participated in behavioral lifestyle intervention that included treatment meetings and a regime of specific, physical activities as well as dietary goals.
In the first year of study, treatment was frequent and reduced in each passing year up to eight years. By the end of the study researchers found those who experienced the most success had the best results of weight loss within the first two months. Based on this, researchers are suggesting weight-loss programs should be strictly followed within the first two months to achieve long-term success.
If you’re fed up with your weight yo-yoing, and want to see some long-term results, your best bet is to work your hardest within 60 days. For the best results, try some of these tips to maintain weight loss:
If you want to start seeing results, these tips can definitely help. But by keeping the new study in mind, try and stick to a program or plan strictly for at least two months. If you can get over that time hurdle, you’ll be in it for the long haul.
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