Regular nutrition counselling sessions work better than self-directed or internet-based weight loss programs, say researchers from Duke University.
In this new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1,685 overweight or obese people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol participated in an intensive weight-loss program. The program included 20 weekly group sessions with a trained nutrition and weight loss specialist, as well as monthly one-on-one counselling sessions.
During the monthly 15 minute sessions, the nutritionist provided advice on how to set goals and overcome barriers to achieving and sustaining a lower calorie diet and a moderate level of physical activity.
This program was compared to an Internet-based interactive weight loss program or a self-directed weight management program.
At end of 6-months, over 60 percent of the study participants had lost weight in their various programs.
However, after two years, people who participated in one-on-one nutrition counselling were the most successful at keeping the weight off.
People who lost weight using a self-directed program regained an average of 3.3 pounds more than those who received monthly nutrition counselling.
Those who turned to the Internet-based weight loss program regained about 2.7 pounds more than people who received in-person nutrition counselling.
During personalized nutrition counselling, people struggling with weight loss may feel they're getting more support and tailored advice advice on how to deal with situations that may trigger overeating.
Obesity researchers believe this personal support is key to understanding why nutrition counselling works better than self-directed or Internet-based programs.
Future research will look at tailoring weight-loss maintenance programs to the individual, based on the person's psychology and lifestyle.
Currently, an estimated 59 of Canadian adults are overweight and obese.
Nutrition counselling with Leslie Beck, RD, is tailored to the lifestyle and needs of the individual. For more information on how nutrition counselling can help you, check out Leslie's one-on-one program.
This study was published in the March 12th, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association
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