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Long Term Weight Loss Program Study

Weight Loss Study Background
Despite the well-documented success of behavioral techniques in producing temporary weight loss, treatment is typically followed by weight regain. The maintenance of treatment effects may therefore be the greatest challenge in the long-term management of obesity, and continuous care may be necessary to achieve it.

Weight Loss Study Aim
To describe the design and evaluate the effectiveness of the Trevose Behavior Modification Program, a potentially widely replicable self-help weight loss program offering continuous care.

Weight Loss Study Subjects
One hundred and forty-six women aged 44y with a body mass index (BMI, kg/m2) of 33, and 25 men aged 49 with a BMI of 35 enrolled in the Trevose program during 1992-1993.

Weight Loss Study Results
As long as they remained in treatment, almost all participants lost at least 5 percent of their initial weight and at least 83 percent lost more than 10 percent. Members completing 2 y of treatment lost an average of 19.3 percent of their initial body weight (17.9 kg); at 5 y the loss was still 17.3 percent (15.7 kg). After leaving the program, subjects regained weight but remained 4.7 percent (4.5 kg) below their pretreatment weight.

Weight Loss Study Conclusion
A low-cost program offering treatment of indefinite duration produced large long-term weight losses and may be suitable for widespread replication.

Source: International Journal of Obesity

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