Forget fad diets and health schemes to lose weight quickly.
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.”