If you’re trying to slim down to a goal weight, dropping more pounds than usual on any given week may feel like a real triumph—even if you gain a little of it back, or don’t lose as much the following week. But new research suggests that people who shed pounds at a consistent pace ultimately lose more weight long-term than those whose losses fluctuate from week to week.
The study, published in the journal Obesity, focused on 183 overweight or obese volunteers who signed up for a year-long weight-loss program. The program used meal replacements and encouraged behavioral goals (like monitoring calorie intake and increasing physical activity), and participants attended weekly group meetings and weigh-ins.
Excerpted from Real Simple