A recent American study revealed the best way to achieve long-term weight loss. The study, published in the journal Obesity, showed that certain behaviors during the weight-loss program can ensure you keep those pounds off.

Scientists at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, researched how certain behaviors during a weight loss program can influence the constancy of the results at the end of the program. In other words, they wanted to find out if people who decide to lose weight and go on a diet do something special to ensure they are keeping those extra pounds off even when they have ended their weight loss program.

As it turns out, there are some indicators that can predict the long-term weight loss.

  1. Constant weight loss during the first weeks of the weight loss program. People who lose weight on a regular basis in the first two weeks are more likely to stay thin(ner) even after they stop dieting, as opposed to those who begin by losing, then gaining then losing again and so on.
  2. Less preoccupation for food leads to long-term weight-loss. It is quite common for people who go on a diet to think about food. Whether it is obsessing about forbidden foods, or looking-up healthy recipes, when people have food on their mind, it is harder for them to …eat less.
  3. Emotional eating ensures the extra pounds will stay with you. Many of those who overeat, do it for two reasons: boredom (they want to feel like they are doing something, but don’t have the energy to think and plan for an activity) or nursing an emotional need (any negative mood can be “treated” with some treats in front of the TV, right?) Food (especially carbs) give you the fuel, on a neurological level, to feel better, but the benefits are short-term.
  4. Binge eating is the enemy of long-term weight loss. At a first glance, you would say that is obvious info, but some people prefer to fast all day and eat one big meal in the evening. At that time, they are starving and the brain sends the signal that it needs to stock food. So, people eat more than they need and some of them are very aware of it, thinking that they have to stock some for tomorrow’s first part of the day. That thought lets them binge with good intent and less self-shaming.

Lead professor Michael Lowe, Ph.D, says the study has concluded that the best way to keep those pounds off is to figure out a weight loss plan you can be consistent with. “Settle on a weight loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing ¾ of a pound each week.”