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Weight Maintenance Trial

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) launched a major study that could help solve one of the hardest aspects of weight loss - maintaining weight loss. The study, called the "Weight Loss Maintenance Trial," will be done in two phases at four clinical sites.

Weight Loss Maintenance Trial Method
The study will include 1,600 men and women in its first phase, and 800 in its second. Phase I is a 5-month weight loss program; phase II will try to help those who lose 9 or more pounds in phase I keep the weight off for 2½ years. The study has begun seeking participants, who must be overweight or obese, age 25 or older, and taking medication to control high blood pressure and/or high blood cholesterol. About 60 percent will be women and 40 percent will be African American.

Weight Loss Maintenance Trial Phase I
In the study's first phase, participants will receive counseling to help them make lifestyle changes to reduce their weight. These lifestyle changes will include reducing calories and increasing physical activity. Participants will be encouraged to follow the DASH eating plan, which has been shown to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. DASH is high in fiber and low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and total fat, and emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and lowfat dairy foods. Phase I participants will keep food and fitness diaries to monitor their diet and physical activity. Those who lose 9 or more pounds of weight after 5 months will be eligible to enroll in phase II.

For concluding page, see Weight Loss Maintenance Trial Phase II

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