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Weight Loss Strategies in Adults

Weight Loss Study Aim
This present study describes weight control strategies used by a heterogeneous sample of US adults and their associations with weight and behaviour change over time.

Weight Loss Study Subjects
Participants for this study were 1120 US adults recruited from the community who enrolled in a three-year intervention study to examine methods for preventing age-related weight gain.

Weight Loss Study Measurements
Measured body weight and self-reported behaviors related to body weight (dieting practices, dietary intake and physical activity) were completed annually for four years.

Weight Loss Study Results
Over 70 percent reported using each of the following dieting strategies at least once in four years: increase exercise (82.2 percent); decrease fat intake (78.7 percent); reduce food amount (78.2 percent); and reduce calories (73.2 percent). Cumulative duration of use of these behaviors was brief (for example, even the most common behaviors were used only 20 percent of the time). Global reports of dieting were not predictive of weight change over time. However, a dose-response relationship was observed between reported duration of use of several specific weight loss strategies over the four years and change in behaviors and weight gain.

Weight Loss Study Conclusion
These findings suggest that public health recommendations for weight control may need to place greater emphasis on persistence of weight control behaviors

Source: International Journal of Obesity

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