Correlates of Successful Maintenance of Weight Loss

Victoria A. Catenacci, Paul S. MacLean, Lorraine G. Ogden, Holly R. Wyatt, Sarit Polsky and James O. Hill

in The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736362
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Correlates of Successful Maintenance of Weight Loss

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This chapter investigates the reasons why weight-loss maintenance is difficult and explores what is known about factors that contribute to successful weight-loss maintenance. The challenge is even greater with weight-loss maintenance while the goal during weight loss is to produce some degree of negative energy balance. The energy gap for weight-loss maintenance provides an estimate of the degree of behavior change required to maintain a given weight loss. The hope for successful long-term weight-loss maintenance comes with the second aspect of body-weight regulation that is unique to humans. Exercise may play a role in appetite regulation during weight-loss maintenance. Physical activity may be a key component of weight-loss maintenance not only because it serves to increase energy expenditure, but also because of a potential beneficial impact on appetite and energy-balance regulation.

Keywords: weight-loss maintenance; energy balance; body weight; exercise; physical activity; energy expenditure; appetite

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Subjects: Economics ; Health, Education, and Welfare

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