Support In Commercial Weight Loss Programs Makes Them More Successful

If you have tried losing weight on your own without success, you are not alone. In fact, research shows that you are the norm. A recent study followed over 9,000 adults who enrolled themselves in a popular chain of weight-loss and exercise centers in Sweden. Over a year, program clients lost an average of 11 to 25 pounds, depending on how strict they were willing to get with calories.

This study confirms earler findings which followed participants in a few different commercial programs, namely that: people in these programs lose more weight over an extended period than people assigned to “usual care” – a term generally used to refer to advice from a doctor or dietitian.

Erik Hemminsson, the researcher who led the study in Sweden, attributes the success of these programs to the support dieters receive, a facet which he deemed “absolutely critial”.

The full study can be viewed in the September issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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