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Common weight loss methods' effectiveness 'inconclusive'

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There is little evidence to indicate that a frequently used weight loss method is effective, according to a Cochrane review.

Researchers reviewed five studies, involving around 4,000 patients, which looked at the transtheoretical model stages of change (TTM SOC) technique, which involves a step-by-step approach for patients to move from unhealthy behaviours to healthy ones.

“The use of TTM SOC only resulted in 2kg or less weight loss, and there was no conclusive evidence that this loss was sustained,” said the authors from Imperial College London.


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  • michael stone

    I have no idea what the formal evidence for weight-loss methods is.

    But personally, when I was about 44 I decided I was too heavy, and my mum was also too heavy. We both decided to lose some weight, and I simply stopped eating things like the pastry on pies, crisps, biscuits, etc. Essentially I stopped eating anything which would be fattening, but I didn't 'really like' - so I kept the cheese sandwiches and glass of beer, as I did really like those. I went from about 13-4 to 11-10 over about 15 or 18 months, and my mum lost about 10 lbs (which improved her health for a while).

    But I do eat biscuits, etc, now, and I use the 'how tight is the belt' method - and I'm probably about 12 - 0 to 12 - 4. I'm now in my mid-to-late 50s, so most of the weight I lost, stayed off.

    You need motivation to lose weight, and you need to 'permanently' change your behaviour towards food, in my view, to be successful with long-term weight loss. And I'm not bothered that I am perhaps 8lbs heavier than I was at my lightest - I have no intention of being obsessed about my weight !

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