Posted on Apr 27, 2012, 6 a.m.
Exercise, group support, and healthy diet are key elements of a successful weight loss program.
In that little is known about weight control strategies associated with successful weight loss among obese American adults, a team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Massachusetts, USA) studied data collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2006, involving 4,021 obese adults. Jacinda Nicklas and colleagues found that of the 63% of study participants who reported trying to lose weight the previous year, 40% lost at least 5% of their body weight, and 20% loss at least 10%. significantly associated with losing at least 10% of body weight, were: eating less fat, exercising more, and joining a commercial weight-loss program. Using prescription weight-loss drugs, as well as liquid diets, over-the-counter diet pills, and fad diets resulted in nominal weight loss.
Jacinda M. Nicklas, Karen W. Huskey, Roger B. Davis, Christina C. Wee. “Successful Weight Loss Among Obese U.S. Adults.” Am J Prev Med., May 2012, Vol. 42, No. 5.