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, […]

Last year I wrote a column about the varying definitions of maintenance used in scientific studies. I followed this up with an illustration using data from contestants on the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” In this second column I arrived at a definition of maintenance as “staying under a BMI of 30, assuming normal body composition.” I recently discovered a research […]

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 […]

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 […]

In 2005, researcher Joanne Ikeda wrote that the National Weight Control Registry’s sample size and data methods limit its credibility. What’s more, Ikeda argued even focusing on successful weight maintainers is highly unlikely, and research efforts were better spent elsewhere. “We challenge health professionals to stop focusing on weight loss as if it were a realistic and achievable goal when […]

J. Graham Thomas, one of the investigators of the National Weight Control Registry, still fields calls from journalists asking about “weight maintenance being impossible” statistics. So much for impossibility: Thomas can fire back the 30-plus studies the registry began since its 1994 creation, and an even larger pool of individuals who back up the science with hard-won life experience. Never […]