Using science to overcome challenges of maintaining long-term weight loss

Many of us are looking ahead to the holiday season and new year with lofty goals for losing weight and exercising. But how can you avoid repeating the cycle year after year?

Endocrine Society experts examined that issue in a Scientific Statement on the causes of obesity and challenges of maintaining long-term weight loss. Michael W. Schwartz, M.D., of the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., and the chair of the task force that authored the statement, can share some tips on adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Schwartz can discuss:

  1. Recognizing progress – When you lose a few pounds or even just maintain your current weight, you’ve already interrupted the perpetual loop of gradual weight gain.

“Because of the body’s energy balance adjustments, most individuals who successfully lose weight struggle to maintain weight loss over time,” Schwartz said. “To effectively treat obesity, we need to better understand the mechanisms that cause this phenomenon, and to devise interventions that specifically address them.”

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