Regaining weight is common after substantial weight loss, with most regaining approximately 2-4 lbs each year. Dr. Voils’s findings indicated that regular maintenance calls with experts helped study participants maintain their weight post-weight loss. During these maintenance calls, the experts would encourage participants to stick to their diet, weigh themselves regularly, and remind them of the benefits of their weight loss. One year after the study, those who received regular maintenance calls only regained an average of 1.5 lbs, while the control group gained back an average of 5 lbs.
“I hope that people will take away that maintenance of weight loss requires effort and skills that must be practiced and engaged over time,” said Dr. Voils.
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