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Weight Loss Maintenance Trial
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Weight Loss Maintenance Trial Phase II

In phase II, participants will be randomly assigned to one of three weight-maintenance strategies: self-directed/usual care (SD/UC); personal contact (PC); and interactive technology (IT). The SD/UC group will meet once with a health counselor for advice on how to maintain their weight loss and to discuss their own weight loss plans. They also will receive educational materials about diet and physical activity. Those in the PC group will receive personal guidance and counseling on how to maintain their weight loss through monthly telephone calls and occasional visits with a health counselor.

Weight Loss Maintenance Trial Aim
The study involves a large, diverse group of overweight and obese people, and will determine the impact of these maintenance strategies on their weight and heart disease risk factors. It will test two behavioral methods to help people keep lost weight off for the rest of their lives, especially people who are at a high risk of developing heart disease and other serious conditions.

Weight Loss Strategy
Americans have shown that they can lose weight in the short-term. Yet, only a small proportion of them achieve long-term weight control. To successfully fight the obesity epidemic, clinicians and other health care providers must have options that are effective and feasible for a broad range of people. The best weight-loss strategy will not only lead to long-term weight control, but also achieve it by establishing a healthy dietary pattern and physical activity routine that lasts a lifetime.

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