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Weight Loss Tip: Regular Weighing May Help In Keeping Off Pounds

By Donna Bellevue , Feb 21, 2017 06:39 AM EST
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A new study recommends regular weighing as one weight loss tip to keep help keep off extra pounds. Along with it, they also recommend having a back up plan for high-risks situations that can lead you astray from your diet program, and obtaining a support system which could help bring you back on track to fitness. The study focuses on helping obese people lose and maintain their ideal body weight.

It's tough dealing with a long-term weight loss program. Only about 20 percent of overweight people can successfully keep off at least 10 percent of their initial body weight for a year or longer. The new study aims to assist in modestly slow the rate of weight gain in obese adults who have lost some pounds.

According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, the researchers suggest that a good weight loss tip is to use specific strategies that helps with weight maintenance. They find that weighing yourself regularly can go a long way in keeping your new body weight. Also, planning for situations in which you might backslide could greatly enhance discipline in obese adults.

According to CNN, Corrine Voils, research career scientist in Madison, Wisconsin and lead author of the study says that obesity is now recognized as a chronic disease. However, the problem is not treated this way in the clinical setting. Typically, doctors help patients lose weight and then stand back and watch as they regain, she explains.

"We wouldn't treat someone's high blood pressure with a medication for only a year and then scratch our heads as to why their blood pressure is high again two years later, " she says. To treat obesity, a new approach that will manage it long-term is critical. However, more research is needed to determine which strategy works best as a weight loss tip.

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