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Weight Loss & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)

In several weight loss studies, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy was shown to be effective in bringing about moderate weight loss in a gradual and safe manner.

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Studies of weight loss programs using CBT report an average weight loss of 8.4 kg (18.48 lbs.). Dieters retain about two-thirds of this weight loss up to one year after completing treatment. Unfortunately, long-term studies have found that for the most part, dieters eventually return to their initial body weight within 3 to 5 years of ending treatment.

Weight Maintenance - Long Term Weight Loss
Maintaining weight is a challenge for patients & practitioners. Now, some weight loss studies are beginning to look at how people maintain weight loss for longer periods of time. A common element among those programs that have demonstrated long term weight loss is that they viewed the condition of overweight or obesity as a chronic condition, and in response, provided on-going weight loss support even after the formal treatment phase ended. One promising weight loss study looked at the role of home based exercise equipment in weight maintenance.

Weight Maintenance Summary
Despite the limitations of CBT - the main one being that it is difficult to achieve lasting weight loss- it has been shown to be effective in the management of overweight and obesity. While more research is needed to look at ways to improve weight loss maintenance, there is enough evidence that shows the value of these methods.

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