Losing weight seems to be a short-term phenomenon for most dieters, a fact underscored by a recent article in American Psychologist. The authors reviewed 31 diet studies that contained at least a year of follow-up data and found that, on average, 41 percent of participants gained back more weight than they had lost. The authors also suspect some dieters may have been too embarrassed to accurately report the exact weight gained. This review drives home some basic truths about weight gain and loss:
So what’s a girl to do? Lead author, Traci Mann, PhD, suggests that eating in moderation is a must and that getting regular exercise may be the key to sustained weight loss.
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By James Keough, Natural Solutions
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