Losing weight and keeping it off is a tough business—no one succeeds without really trying. But some long-held beliefs about the difficulties of maintaining weight loss are changing. As a result, experts are developing a more complete picture of weight loss maintenance and a more hopeful message for millions who are overweight or obese.
Experts who presented data on maintaining weight loss during the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in Toronto last month said the proportion of overweight individuals who succeed at long-term weight loss—losing at least 10% of body weight and keeping the weight off for 1 year—is higher than many might expect, about 20% (McGuire MT et al. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1999;23:1314-1319).
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