||08-08-2013 11:03 PM
Succesful maintenance and support study
A Yale researcher, Diane Berry, studied 18 women who lost weight and were able to maintain the lost for a year. She identified a pattern (or phases, it sounds like) that the successful ones followed.
In pattern one, before losing weight, the women were self-conscious, vulnerable, and unaware of events that contributed to their weight gain. Pattern two revealed recognition of a problem, a readiness to take action, and a decision to make a change. "In the third pattern," Berry said, "women took control and actively engaged in behavior change."
In patterns four to six, the women incorporated new behaviors, used some type of support system to reinforce the behavior change, and, finally, experienced increased confidence, self-esteem, and control of their lives.
"Participants moved fluidly through one pattern to the next and many times fell back to a previous pattern before moving on," Berry said. "Once participants moved to the sixth pattern, they were able to maintain weight loss."
In addition to membership in a weight loss support program, all of the women who maintained their weight loss had incorporated exercise into their lifestyles.
I feel so lucky to have found the best weight loss support on this board! :love: Also, I'm a fan of exercise, but I bet there's some people who can't or would rather not exercise that still maintain their losses on JUDDD. We have so many successful maintainers here ... and maybe that they are still here is one reason why they are successful maintainers!