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Researchers collected weight information from 14,306 adults to study weight loss success, which was defined as keeping the pounds off for a year or more. According to the results published in the International Journal of Obesity, among overweight and obese adults:
To put this in context, for someone who weighs 200 pounds, 5% weight loss is 10 pounds, 10% is 20 pounds, 15% is 30 pounds, and 20% is 40 pounds. The study found that average weight loss maintained was 42 pounds!
We may be more successful with weight loss maintenance than previously thought because many studies focus on very obese people (60 or more pounds overweight) who have failed multiple diets. These folks likely don’t represent the average American – someone who wants to shed some pounds for better health and makes it a priority.
Use the following ideas to put yourself into the “successful loser” category:
(Int J Obesit 2010;34:1644–54; NWCR Facts. Accessed Nov 22, 2010. Available at: www.nwcr.ws/Research/default.htm)
Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, an author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in chronic disease prevention, epidemiology, and nutrition, has taught medical, nursing, public health, and alternative medicine coursework. She has delivered over 150 invited lectures to health professionals and consumers and is the creator of a nutrition website acclaimed by the New York Times and Time magazine. Suzanne received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.