What is the most effective way to maintain weight loss in adults?

Sharon A Simpson, Christine Shaw, Rachel McNamara

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Although weight loss is achievable for many adults, weight maintenance is elusive. After completing weight loss programmes, around a third of the weight lost is regained in the following year, with small differences between groups that received an intervention and controls1 Randomised controlled trials have suggested that maintenance interventions can improve longer term weight loss maintenance2 3 but it is unclear what form these interventions should take and how they should be delivered. NICE guidance4 currently recommends a low fat, fibre rich diet, increasing physical activity, minimising sedentary activities and regular self monitoring of weight or waist size
Original languageEnglish
Article number8042
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2011


  • weight loss
  • weight maintenance


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