Maintain, Don’t Gain

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Losing weight is hard. Keeping yourself from gaining weight may not be easy, but at least it’s not as hard as losing it. With that in mind, researchers at Duke University have been looking at what they call the “maintain, don’t gain” approach.

Researcher Gary Bennett checked data on 97 black women in an intervention group in which each woman was in a program that included personalized goals for diet and physical activity. He compared them with another 97 who got basically weight loss counseling.

“Sixty-two percent of women in our intervention group completed the intervention with weights at or below their starting weight, compared to only 45 percent of women in our usual care group.”

The study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

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