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A Few Simple Changes In Eating Habits Can Help People Lose Weight, And Keep It Off

December 19, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists from Finland and the U.S. have found that making a few simple adjustments to a person’s eating habits can promote and sustain weight loss. Of the 2,053 people who initially signed up for the study, 504 completed at least one follow-up survey. Over the three-month program, more than two thirds of participants either lost weight (42 percent) or maintained their weight (27 percent). Weight loss was highest among people who made changes consistently. Among the worthwhile changes: never eat directly from a package (always portion food out onto a dish), and eat something hot for breakfast within the first hour of waking up.
Kirsikka Kaipainen et al., "Mindless Eating Challenge: Retention, Weight Outcomes, and Barriers for Changes in a Public Web-Based Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Program", Journal of Medical Internet Research, December 19, 2012, © Kaipainen et al.
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