Study: Structured daily habits may be the key to lasting weight loss – University of Copenhagen

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08 January 2018

Study: Structured daily habits may be the key to lasting weight loss

New findings from a small study at the University of Copenhagen suggest that people who structure their own systematic rules for eating, and adhere to them regardless of feelings of hunger and satiety, are markedly better at keeping weight off compared to those who follow special diets or eat for pleasure and satiety.

The majority of people who are overweight and lose weight end up regaining or exceeding their original weights. A new collaborative study among researchers from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Hvidovre Hospital and the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen investigated what it takes to maintain weight loss:

“We see that people who are good at keeping weight off after losing it don’t eat to accommodate desire, hunger and satiety, or as the result of special diets. Instead, they consider eating as a tool with a higher purpose. Their main aim is weight maintenance. As a result, they devised their own systems for what, how much and when to eat. The most important thing was to keep weight off, as opposed to feeling full,” according to the anthropologist behind the study, Assistant Professor Bodil Just Christensen of UCPH’s Department of Food and Resource Economics.

Read the whole news story and access the scientific article at KU news website.