Complex or “Simple” Weight Loss Programs

The enormous cost of obesity complications along with the challenges of helping people lose weight might suggest the need for intense and complex solutions. However, a fascinating new study from New Zealand suggests a simple program of weigh-ins and supportive phone calls was as effective as more elaborate approaches to keep the pounds off.

Starting with 200 women who had lost at least 5% of the body weight in the last six months, investigators compared those who received intensive, multi-disciplinary care with those who received simple support (weigh-in 2 times per month, a monthly support meeting, and an assigned “buddy”). At the end of two years both groups had sustained modest additional weight loss.

PositiveTip: Find some ongoing friendly support to help you stick with your plan to lose weight. Providing that same consistent friendliness to someone else will help you, too!