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January 2013

Certain Eating Habits Linked to Weight Loss

A recent study suggests that both short-term and long-term weight loss are associated with certain eating habits.

The new study was called the Women on the Move through Activity and Nutrition (WOMAN), which included 481 postmenopausal women who were obese or overweight. The women were randomly assigned to an intervention group or a control group. The intervention group attended group sessions, where women were encouraged to reduce unhealthy fat consumption, decrease calorie intake, increase fruit, vegetable and omega-3 fatty acid consumption and exercise. The control group was given information on how to improve overall health that was not specific to weight loss.

Researchers tracked the participants' weight loss, eating behaviors and frequency of different food groups consumed. Both six months and four years into the study, the intervention group lost significantly more weight than the control group.

Data analysis showed that losing weight at six months was significantly linked to eating more fish, as well as consuming fewer desserts, sugar-sweetened beverages, fried foods and eating out less frequently. After four years, weight loss was significantly linked to consuming fewer desserts and sugar-sweetened beverages, meat and cheese, in addition to eating more fruits and vegetables.

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  1. Barone Gibbs B, Kinzel LS, Pettee Gabriel K et al. Short- and long-term eating habit modification predicts weight change in overweight, postmenopausal women: results from the WOMAN study. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Sep;112(9):1347-1355. View Abstract
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