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D.iet & H.ealth : B.ody W.eight Last Updated: Dec 3rd, 2006 - 14:21:11

Study Shows UAB Eatright Diet Leads To Sustained Weight Loss
Dec 3, 2006, 14:20

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Posted on November 6, 2006 at 9:35 a.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Research published in the October issue of Obesity showed that more than three-fourths of participants in UAB’s (University of Alabama at Birmingham) EatRight Weight Management Program maintained their weight loss over the following two years after their involvement in the 12-week program.

“The key to weight control is to maintain, over time, any weight loss produced by a diet program,” said Jamy Ard, M.D., UAB assistant professor of nutrition sciences and lead author of the study. “This study indicates that the weight loss philosophy inherent in EatRight leads to sustainable weight loss.”

According to the Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans, 65 percent of adults were reported to be overweight, and 31 percent were reported to be obese in 2000.

EatRight is based on the concept of time-calorie displacement, which encourages a substantial intake of foods that have fewer calories by volume such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while limiting consumption of foods that are calorie-dense such as meats, cheeses, sugars and fats.

“Most Americans eat at least 2,000 calories per day, packed into a relatively small amount of very high calorie foods,” Ard said. “EatRight calls for foods that are less calorie-dense, so a dieter eats more food, but gets fewer calories — perhaps 400 fewer over the course of a day. More food means dieters feel more full and less hungry, and are more likely to refrain from overeating.”

The study followed 74 former EatRight participants for more than two years after enrollment in the program. Seventy eight percent re-gained less than five percent of their body weight, and 46 percent had either no weight regain or continued weight loss.

“Those who successfully kept the weight off had adopted the EatRight principles into their everyday lifestyles,” Ard said. “They consume low calorie-dense foods, lower fat foods and choose smaller portion sizes of energy-dense foods.

“Low-energy density food consumption, particularly unlimited intake of fruits and vegetables, is a cornerstone of the EatRight program,” Ard said. “Our results suggest that this approach may be a valuable method for achieving long-term success with weight control.”

The EatRight model includes increasing physical activity and incorporates behavioral intervention to reduce or remove barriers to lifestyle change and achievement of goals. Typically, it is conducted in 12 weekly small class sessions. For more information on the UAB EatRight Weight Management Program, go to

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