Have you ever wondered weather losing weight slowly of fast makes a difference? Well, some researchers at the University of Florida shared your curiosity. Having the brains and the resources to get their question answered, they designed a study to do just that. The study was part of the Treatment of Obesity in Underserved Rural Settings (TOURS) research project, and was conducted by Nackers LM et al.
Their weight loss study examined 262 test subjects. Some were put on fast weight loss diets, while the others were divided into medium and slow weight loss groups. For 6 months the subjects, primarily obese women in their 30’s and 40’s, followed a regimen of increased physical activity and diets designed to have them lose weight at varying rates.
Does the Rate of Initial Weight Loss Make A Difference in Long Term Success?
The goal of the research was to determine weather the initial rate of weight loss had any impact on the total amount of weight lost, or long term success at losing weight and keeping it off. The initial results of those on the fast weigh loss diets are promising. The UF scientists determined that the women in the rapid weigh loss group (>1.5lbs weight loss per week) not only lost more weight throughout the course of the study, but they were more likely to keep the weight off long term.
Just How Much Better Does Fast Weight Loss Work?
Just how much more effective was the fast weight loss at getting the women to lose 10% of their body weight? The subjects in the fast group were an astounding 5 times more effective at losing the weight and keeping it off. It seems that every little bit of speed helps when you’re talking weight loss, because the medium speed group was a still impressive 3 times more likely to achieve positive results.
Results of the Study:
The researchers were overwhelmingly positive about the outcome of the study. In fact, their conclusions sound like a commercial for something:
“Our study provides further evidence that, within the context of lifestyle treatment, losing weight at a fast initial rate leads to greater short-term weight reductions, does not result in increased susceptibility to weight regain, and is associated with larger weight losses and overall long-term success in weight management “ They went on to say that it is extremely important to strive for initial rapid weight loss, because the odds of long term success are so much greater.
Seems like faster is better, at least when it cones to weight loss.