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DIET INTERFERENCE: RESULTS POINT TO BENEFIT OF SAYING NO

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Society of Behavioral Medicine's annual meeting, investigators from Yale University today presented preliminary results of a study that identified key factors associated with successful long-term weight maintenance.
 Two hundred and twenty four women and men from five cities across the country were asked about the strategies they used to maintain their weight two years after completing the Nutri/System Weight Loss Program.
 Overall, dieters who said other people tried to interfere with their efforts to keep their weight off (e.g. encouraged them to eat high- calorie foods) were less successful at maintaining their weight loss two years later than those who reported no interference at all.
 More than a third of the dieters reported that friends and relatives actively tried to interfere with their efforts to maintain their weight loss. But Michaela Kiernan, M.S., lead author and graduate student at Yale University, emphasized that "one's reactions to this interference made a critical difference in determining successful weight maintenance."
 She reported that even if people faced interference, they maintained as much of their weight loss two years later as people reporting no interference if they did two things: 1) they refused to give in and 2) they explicitly said "no."
 But two types of dieters were far less successful in keeping their weight off: those who simply gave in, and those who did not explicitly say "no" even though they did not give in.
 "For people who face interference from others, the act of saying "no" is strongly associated with successful weight maintenance," says Leslie Siegel, Ph.D., co-author of the study and Nutri/System's Senior Director of Program Development.
 This study is important for people trying to maintain a weight loss. It demonstrates that people can cope in the face of temptation by becoming more assertive, "perhaps because they feel a greater sense of empowerment and control over their actions," suggests Siegel.
 This study was funded by a research grant from Nutri/System, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Leslie Siegel, Ph.D. of Nutri/System, 215-940-3396/


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