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Long-term weight loss maintenance.
Am J Clin Nutr 2005; 82(1 Suppl):222S-225SAJ

Abstract

There is a general perception that almost no one succeeds in long-term maintenance of weight loss. However, research has shown that approximately 20% of overweight individuals are successful at long-term weight loss when defined as losing at least 10% of initial body weight and maintaining the loss for at least 1 y. The National Weight Control Registry provides information about the strategies used by successful weight loss maintainers to achieve and maintain long-term weight loss. National Weight Control Registry members have lost an average of 33 kg and maintained the loss for more than 5 y. To maintain their weight loss, members report engaging in high levels of physical activity (approximately 1 h/d), eating a low-calorie, low-fat diet, eating breakfast regularly, self-monitoring weight, and maintaining a consistent eating pattern across weekdays and weekends. Moreover, weight loss maintenance may get easier over time; after individuals have successfully maintained their weight loss for 2-5 y, the chance of longer-term success greatly increases. Continued adherence to diet and exercise strategies, low levels of depression and disinhibition, and medical triggers for weight loss are also associated with long-term success. National Weight Control Registry members provide evidence that long-term weight loss maintenance is possible and help identify the specific approaches associated with long-term success.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Brown Medical School, The Miriam Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Providence, RI, USA. rwing@lifespan.orgNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16002825

Citation

Wing, Rena R., and Suzanne Phelan. "Long-term Weight Loss Maintenance." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 82, no. 1 Suppl, 2005, 222S-225S.
Wing RR, Phelan S. Long-term weight loss maintenance. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;82(1 Suppl):222S-225S.
Wing, R. R., & Phelan, S. (2005). Long-term weight loss maintenance. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 82(1 Suppl), 222S-225S. doi:10.1093/ajcn/82.1.222S.
Wing RR, Phelan S. Long-term Weight Loss Maintenance. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;82(1 Suppl):222S-225S. PubMed PMID: 16002825.
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