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Posted Mar 16 2010 4:28am

Most of us have a difficult time maintaining a healthy weight at some point in our life. Researchers have now explored the relationship between our environment and weight gain, specifically how many televisions are in our home.

A report published in the October issue of Annals of Behavior Medicine offered insights into the habits of successful losers. The researchers examined surveys of 167 people throughout the United States who had maintained a 10% body fat loss for 5 years. They also examined overweight people with a history of dieting. The results of the study showed successful losers were more likely to exercise, control dietary intake and had fewer televisions.

Lead researcher Suzanne Phelan, assistant professor of kinesiology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, states if you want to be a successful dieter take a good look at your environment, is there a TV in every room, are there high fat foods in your house?

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