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Maintaining Weight Loss

If you’ve lost some weight and want to keep it off, consider this. Researchers at four American institutions including the John Hopkins School of Medicine tested three techniques for maintaining loss.

They tracked more than a thousand volunteers who had recently lost an average of roughly 8.5 kilograms or nearly 19 pounds each. These volunteers were split into three groups, receiving either monthly contact with a counselor, a membership in a weight loss website, or an information package to use on their own.

The counseling was most effective. People in that group regained on average about 4 kilograms each, as compared to 5.2 kilograms in the website group and 5.5 kilograms fort he self-directed participants.

The bad news is they all regained at least some weight. The good news is they were all still lighter than when they started.

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