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Weight Loss Maintenance Statistics Are Anything But Good

Posted Jan 14 2011 5:00am

OK, it’s one thing to lose some weight, which is definitely hard enough, but it is another to keep off the weight you’ve lost. The statistics for keeping weight off (reported in the International Journal of Obesity, November 2010) are dismal—less than 17% of overweight people in the U.S. And then, of that 17%, the criterion for long-term weight loss was a mere 10% of their maximum body weight.

So what does this mean to the woman who has lost weight and then tries to maintain the weight she’s lost? It means the road ahead will be bumpy and uncertain, with the odds of getting there stacked against you. Not very encouraging.

There is good news too, though. More women (19.1%) in the study than men (15.6%) were able to intentionally maintain their weight loss and do so for 1 year. They did it by using more weight-loss strategies.

It’s best if you take a page from their book and dust off a variety of weight-loss strategies. Remember to use weight-loss psychology along with all the other strategies.


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