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New Study: How to Lose Weight Fast and Keep It Off

Whitney | November 6th, 2012

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A new study suggests that the best way to lose weight may first begin with a lesson on how to maintain weight loss. The study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, found that women who focused on weight maintenance first typically were able to maintain results once weight loss goals were reached. For those looking to achieve sustained weight loss, this study might provide the secret to long-term success.

Doctors specializing in weight loss agree that short-term weight loss is only part of the equation. For example, physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss look beyond fast weight loss in the short term and focus on lifestyle habits that help patients keep weight off over the long term. Success rates at the centers are impressive – according to medical journals, 95.3 percent of clients maintained weight loss after one year.

Easy Steps to Lose Weight: Start with Maintenance

Stanford researchers included 267 female subjects who were either classified as overweight or obese. The women were divided into two groups. The first group spent eight weeks learning the basics of weight maintenance, including choosing foods with lower calorie content, daily weigh-ins, and identifying personal weight fluctuations that could equal five pounds or more. Women were discouraged from losing any weight at this time; if they did experience weight loss, they were encouraged to put the pounds back on. At the end of the eight weeks, these women were placed on a 20-week weight loss program.

The other group began following a weight loss program over the first 20 weeks, which included a higher intake of fruits and vegetables, daily physical activity and regular food records to track consumption. At the end of the 20 weeks, the women were placed on a similar eight-week regimen that taught them to keep the weight off that they lost during the initial phase. Once the 28-week weight loss programs were completed by both groups, researchers compared results.

Researchers found that the women in both groups lost about 17 pounds over the 28-week program. However, women that learned how to lose weight fast in the initial period gained back an average of seven pounds during the next year. Those who started with a maintenance program only gained back an average of three pounds over the same time frame.

Fast Weight Loss that Works

Learning how to lose weight fast is only part of the equation. This new study backs up the theory that weight loss is as much about keeping weight off as it is about dropping the pounds initially. This is where physician-guided weight loss programs, like the plans available through The Center for Medical Weight Loss, are so valuable to dieters serious about long-term weight loss.

There are currently around 450 centers nationwide to help dieters lose weight and keep it off. Enter your zip code in the box at the right to find a center near you. Special offers are available for first-time clients at select locations.