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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Here are the best predictors of keeping weight off:

1. Longer duration of weight loss maintenance (more than 2 years)
2. Dietary consistency
3. Less fast food consumption
4. Less TV viewing
5. More frequent breakfast consumption
6. Lower levels of depressive symptoms and dis-inhibited eating

Key behaviors associated with weight maintenance are:

1. Activity levels of over 200 minutes per week (at least for women in the cited study)
2. High levels of dietary restraint, such as:

Deliberately taking small helpings
Avoiding certain foods
Counting calories
3. Having lower levels of depressive symptomology
4. Controlling overeating

Yes, this means that itís important to continue logging and/or controlling eating. Itís important to keep exercising. A lot. If you want to keep the weight off, these behaviors need to continue.

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MELMOMOF4 1/15/2013 11:17AM

    thanks for sharing this. i did need to hear this today. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/14/2013 2:35AM

    While diet's definitely important, the older I get, the more convinced I am that exercise / fitness may be even more important, if not in the "losing weight" stage then certainly in the maintenance stage...

Thanx for the links, hon!
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WATERMELLEN 1/13/2013 7:37PM

    Absolutely right!! Can't be said too many times!

Because only 5% of people who take weight off keep it off: and MAINtenance is the MAIN thing, really it is!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/13/2013 3:56PM

    Glad you like the post!

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One thing that's important to remember is that just because a behavior is popular or common doesn't mean it will always work best for YOU. So while this list is a good place to start, it's definitely not the only options out there, and if one or more of them doesn't work for YOU, it doesn't mean you can't maintain.

Many of us have had to hunt around to find just the right mixture of behaviors that keep us on track. And some people find that their behaviors aren't on the list. And that's OK, if it works for them!

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MIRFA71 1/13/2013 2:26PM

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LJCANNON 1/13/2013 2:17PM

    emoticon This post makes Great Points, as do the Links you included. Thanks for sharing them.
emoticon I am curious about whether an actual "Study" has been done on Spark People to see if Spark Members who lose the weight and continue to be Active on here have a Higher Per Centage of Keeping The Weight Off? I believe that park Members would have a Better Chance to keep the Weight Off than someone who didn't have the same Support, Encouragement, and Information (articles, and blogs) that we have access to 24/7?



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LALMEIDA 1/13/2013 2:03PM

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CARLY241 1/13/2013 1:48PM

  thanks for sharing this. it is informative.

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PJBONARRIGO 1/13/2013 1:39PM

    Yep; this is a good reminder. Maintenance is "hard work" paying off! emoticon

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