The Weight-Loss Race

by Charles Platkin, PhD

Slow and Steady Does Not Win the -Loss Race
Wow, does that mean everything you’ve been told about losing weight slowly and steadily is wrong? Well, according to research led by Joseph Proietto of the University of Melbourne, it is. The study found that substantial is more likely to be achieved if undertaken rapidly.

“The study examined whether losing weight at a slow initial rate, as recommended by current dietary guidelines worldwide, resulted in larger long-term weight reduction and less weight regain in obese individuals, than losing weight at a faster rate. The trial included 200 obese adults (BMI 30–45kg/m²) who were randomly assigned to either a 12-week rapid weight loss program (average weight loss 1.5kg a week) on a very-low-calorie (450–800 Cal/day) or a 36-week gradual weight-loss program (average weight loss 0.5kg a week) based on current dietary recommendations.”

The researchers’ results “show that an obese person is more likely to achieve a weight loss target of 12.5 percent weight loss, and less likely to drop out of their weight loss program, if losing weight is done quickly.”

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