Dietary and physical activity behaviors among adults successful at weight loss maintenance

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Dietary and physical activity behaviors among adults successful at weight loss maintenance

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1479-5868-3-17.fm ral International Journal of Behavioral ss BioMed CentNutrition and Physical Activity Open AcceResearch Dietary and physical activity behaviors among adults successful at weight loss maintenance Judy Kruger*1, Heidi Michels Blanck2 and Cathleen Gillespie2 Address: 1Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA and 2Chronic Disease Nutrition Branch, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Email: Judy Kruger* - [email protected]; Heidi Michels Blanck - [email protected]; Cathleen Gillespie - [email protected] * Corresponding author Abstract Background: There is limited population-based data on behavioral factors found to be important for successful weight loss maintenance among adults. Methods: Data from the 2004 Styles surveys, mailed to U.S. adults aged ≥18 years were used to examine the difference in selected weight loss strategies and attitudes among persons who reported successful weight loss attempts (lost weight and able to keep it off) and persons who were not successful (previous attempts to lose weight were unsuccessful or they could not keep the lost weight off). Behaviors examined included modification of diet, leisure-time and sports activities, and self-monitoring, and barriers to weight management. Results: Among adults who reported losing weight or trying to lose weight, 31.0% had been successful at both losing weight and maintenance after weight loss. Successful weight loss status differed by sex, age, and current weight status. Assessment of reported weight loss strategies, found that exercising ≥30 minutes/day and adding physical activity to daily life were significantly higher among successful versus unsuccessful weight losers. Individuals who were successful at weight loss and maintenance were less likely to use over-the-counter diet products than those who wer

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