It is broadly believed that rapid weight loss is not beneficial because the weight is less likely to stay off. It has been taught that steady, slower weight loss is more advantageous because with slow, steady weight loss the weight is more likely to stay off.
New Study: Short term weight loss is more likely to be achieved with rapid weight loss
There is a common conception that rapid weight loss is directly contributed to rapid weight gain afterwards. However, a new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology shows that regardless of how rapidly the weight is lost, it remains a challenge to keep weight off, and that short term weight loss is more likely to be achieved with rapid weight loss.
The study, which took place in Australia, utilized 204 obese adults. The adults took place in either a twelve week rapid weight loss diet or a thirty six week gradual diet. The goal was to achieve a fifteen percent weight loss in both groups. Any participants who lost over twelve percent were then utilized in a second part of the study- a 144 week maintenance diet.
Phase one of the study had the following results: fifty percent of the people on the gradual diet lost over twelve percent, while over eighty percent of the people on the rapid diet lost over twelve percent. This proved that a rapid diet may actually be more successful with weight loss. The second part of the study had the more astonishing results: 71.2% of the people on the gradual diet and 70.5% on the rapid diet regained most of the weight they had lost.
The conclusion of this study proved that regardless of whether the weight was lost on a rapid diet, or on a gradual diet most people gained the weight back. The myth that rapid weight loss is contributed to rapid weight gain may be just that- a myth. And, for weight loss purposes the rapid weight loss programs actually had more success in overall weight loss than the gradual diet.