The Rapid Decrease In Obesity Facilitates To The Duration Of The Weight Loss – Part 2 of 3
For the study, Nackers drew from text on 262 participants in an obesity treatment trial that included middle-aged women, average age 59, who were obese, with an average body-mass index (BMI) of 36,8 (30 and above is obese). During the six-month intervention, they were encouraged to cut calories enough to lose about a pound a week. The follow-up was another 1 year, for a total of 18 months.
When Nackers tracked the tonnage loss, she divided the women into three groups: 69 were in the fast group, losing about 1,5 pounds or more a week; 104 were in the moderate group, losing about a half pound to under 1,5 pounds a week, and 89 were in the uninteresting group, losing less than a half pound weekly. At six months, the fast group had lost an average of 29,7 pounds, the moderate group 19,6 and the ponderous group 11,2.
After 18 months, the fast group was 5,1 times more likely to achieve 10 percent weight loss – a good goal for improving salubriousness – than the slow group, and the moderate group was nearly three times as likely. Nackers found no significant differences in weight regain among the three groups.