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What’s the difference between losing weight and keep it off? While research has found some success indicators so far — which hold up in our process of interviewing maintainers for 10 years. Yet there’s far more to maintaining than the science: no eating method helps dealing with loose skin, relationships changing as your body does, and catching your mind up to your body. No eating method teaches how to move forward.

In conjunction with Sparkpeople.com, WKIO began a series of questions and answers featuring a variety of experts on maintenance, science and the life skllls that make a difference. We kick this off with a selection of questions for me from Sparkepeople.com’s At Goal and Maintaining group. Kristza asked: “I would like to hear of cooking techniques that make food look […]

Remember the movie Magnolia? That movie kept insisting “those scenes in movies” show up because they happen. Much the same way, experts grow nervous when someone talks about the double-edged sword of hitting goal and asking yourself ‘Now what?’ So we’ll do it for them: our MRP series catalogues the tricky facets of life after weight loss — because they happen.  Even […]

If I hear one more person say, “just keep doing what you did to lose the weight,” I think I will scream.  I have gained and lost 100+ pounds twice — losing weight wasn’t the problem, but keeping it off sure was. Because while similar to weight loss, maintenance has subtle, important differences, both in procedure and in psychology.  This […]

Maintenance isn’t always what you think it is, scientifically.  What you see in all the success stories is skinny people, folks that lost weight and presumably stayed there.  But the research doesn’t necessarily define maintenance that way, or even stick to one prevailing idea. So if you’re confused about what’s actually “maintaining,” don’t worry.  What we’re trying to say is, […]

Many of the predictors suggested by the National Weight Control Registry are subjects all of Team Second Helping spends this entire Web site analyzing and picking apart. Still, we’ve been pouring through the research and asking ourselves, “How do we implement these predictors into our lives while also still managing time/money/emotional energy/stress?”  In a world determined to just survive, how […]

Continuing to overview the leading maintenance predictors, our next two are a little more straightforward staying with it — how to stay with it and make an interesting life despite it all’s our entire site in microcosm. The next two, as some of our comments noted, are more behavioral (don’t do this) than conceptual (keep at it)

In some ways, Angela’s review of key maintenance predictors yesterday was a nice validation for those of us who’ve been slugging out on our own. After all, the National Weight Control Registry’s research is pulled from surveying successful maintainers. Yet in my interview with Graham Thomas, he explains that while they were able to determine “predictors,” the actual methods people […]

If I hear one more person say, “just keep doing what you did to lose the weight,” I think I will scream. I have gained and lost 100+ pounds twice — losing weight wasn’t the problem, but keeping it off sure was. Because while similar to weight loss, maintenance has subtle, important differences, both in procedure and in psychology. This […]

Today Wayne Vandenlangenberg is stepping on his first plane ride to begin his adventures with The Biggest Loser Couples episode on Tuesday. On Friday, Second Helping Online broke the story of Wayne’s success and his TV appearance. We figured an update is in order. Leading up to the event, Wayne went shopping with his family to find ‘slimming clothes,” at […]

In a previous column I explored definitions of weight maintenance used in the scientific literature. Let’s use a familiar example to illustrate some of these definitions. The TV show The Biggest Loser features obese people losing weight through diet and exercise.  There is a prize for those who lose the greatest percentage of their starting body weight. If even Eric […]