According to new research published in the journal Obesity, the key to losing weight and keeping it off is consistency.
The study’s lead researcher Dr Emily Feig said: “It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviours related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight control programme is really important for maintaining changes over the long term.”
Researchers studied 183 obese and overweight people aged 18-65 while they participated in weight loss programs over a year.
The results showed those who consistently lost weight in the first six weeks, lost the most weight overall.
For example, someone who loses half a kilo a week for four weeks is better off than someone whose weight loss dramatically goes up and down over the same period.
Co-author Professor Michael Lowe advises: “Settle on a weight loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing three-quarters of a pound (approx 0.4kg) each week.”