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Successful weight loss maintenance.

Abstract

Obesity is now recognized as a serious chronic disease, but there is pessimism about how successful treatment can be. A general perception is that almost no one succeeds in long-term maintenance of weight loss. To define long-term weight loss success, we need an accepted definition. We propose defining successful long-term weight loss maintenance as intentionally losing at least 10% of initial body weight and keeping it off for at least 1 year. According to this definition, the picture is much more optimistic, with perhaps greater than 20% of overweight/obese persons able to achieve success. We found that in the National Weight Control Registry, successful long-term weight loss maintainers (average weight loss of 30 kg for an average of 5.5 years) share common behavioral strategies, including eating a diet low in fat, frequent self-monitoring of body weight and food intake, and high levels of regular physical activity. Weight loss maintenance may get easier over time. Once these successful maintainers have maintained a weight loss for 2-5 years, the chances of longer-term success greatly increase.

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    The Miriam Hospital, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, USA. Rwing@Lifespan.org

    Source

    Annual review of nutrition 21: 2001 pg 323-41

    MeSH

    Basal Metabolism
    Behavior
    Diet
    Exercise
    Humans
    Obesity
    Registries
    Time Factors
    Treatment Outcome
    Weight Loss

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    11375440

    Citation

    Wing, R R., and J O. Hill. "Successful Weight Loss Maintenance." Annual Review of Nutrition, vol. 21, 2001, pp. 323-41.
    Wing RR, Hill JO. Successful weight loss maintenance. Annu Rev Nutr. 2001;21:323-41.
    Wing, R. R., & Hill, J. O. (2001). Successful weight loss maintenance. Annual Review of Nutrition, 21, pp. 323-41.
    Wing RR, Hill JO. Successful Weight Loss Maintenance. Annu Rev Nutr. 2001;21:323-41. PubMed PMID: 11375440.
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