Sustained Contact With Dietician Improves Maintenance of Weight Loss

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Corrine I. Voils, PhD Research Career Scientist, William S Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital Visiting Professor of Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Corrine Voils,

Corrine I. Voils, PhD
Research Career Scientist, William S Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital
Visiting Professor of Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Weight loss interventions can help people lose weight, but most people tend to regain weight after a weight loss period. There is a need to identify effective strategies to help people maintain weight loss. We found that an intervention focused on maintenance behavioral skills that was delivered primarily by telephone reduced weight regain compared to usual care over 56 weeks.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Patients can slow the rate of weight regain through sustained contact with a dietitian who focuses on behavioral skills for maintenance of weight loss, such as regular self-weighing, planning in advance for situations in which they might go back to old eating habits, and enlisting social support from someone in their network.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Future research should examine longer-term effects of the intervention and determine the extent to which continued intervention contact is necessary to help patients maintain weight loss.

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Citation:

Obes Sci Pract. 2016 Dec; 2(4): 355–365.
Published online 2016 Aug 26. doi: 10.1002/osp4.58
PMCID: PMC5192533
Recruitment and Retention for a Weight Loss Maintenance Trial Involving Weight Loss Prior to Randomization
C. I. Voils, 1 , 2 J. M. Grubber, 1 M. A. McVay, 1 , 3 M. K. Olsen, 1 , 4 J. Bolton, 1 J. M. Gierisch, 1 , 2 S. S. Taylor, 1 M. L. Maciejewski, 1 , 2 and W. S. Yancy, Jr. 1 , 2

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