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Multicenter Study
. 2004 Feb;28(2):334-5.
doi: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0802530.

Behavioural Correlates of Successful Weight Reduction Over 3 Y. Results From the Lean Habits Study

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Behavioural Correlates of Successful Weight Reduction Over 3 Y. Results From the Lean Habits Study

J Westenhoefer et al. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. .

Abstract

Objective: To examine behavioural characteristics of subjects with successful long-term weight reduction.

Design: Prospective cohort study with 3 y follow-up.

Setting: Multicentre study of participants of a commercial weight-reduction programme (BCM-Programme).

Subjects: Until February 2000, 6857 voluntary study participants were included. Analyses are based on 1247 subjects with complete 3 y data.

Interventions: Open-group dietary and behavioural counselling with initial meal substitutions.

Results: Subjects show a number of significant behavioural improvements, for example, choice of low-fat food, flexible control of eating behaviour and coping with stress. Subjects who maintain these changes by the end of the first year have a higher probability of successful weight reduction after 3 y.

Conclusions: Successful weight maintenance is associated with more pronounced improvements of health behaviours after 1 y. The likelihood of success increases with the number of behavioural patterns which are involved in the process of change.

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