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Losing Weight is Only Half the Battle

Jan 10, 2011 08:46PM ● By Anonymous


Realists reading about this reality show, however, may have a different take: How long until the poor guy gains it back? According to a 2007 report by researchers at UCLA, the weight will return. “You can initially lose five to ten percent of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight comes back,” said Traci Mann, UCLA associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study. “We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority.”

So is the situation hopeless? Not according to new research at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Their recent study found that people who lost weight and maintained a normal weight for five years were much more physically active than their obese counterparts.

The big difference, however, was what they did, or didn’t, have in their homes. According to Dr. Suzanne Phelan of Cal Poly, the weight-loss maintainers had significantly fewer high-fat items in their pantries and more low-fat foods like fruits and vegetables. They also had more exercise equipment and fewer TVs. So what’s our tip for TV’s Biggest Loser? Watch less TV. You’ve got to love the irony.

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