Program Offers Affordable Slimming
A study in a low-income population found that a program designed for "resource-constrained settings" helped people lose weight and keep it off for the long term. Participants developed three goals at the study's start and monitored their progress on a website that included tips on weight-loss techniques. The program also included 18 phone calls with a health counselor over the two-year study and optional group support sessions. People in the program lost more weight and lowered blood pressure more than those getting usual care. While weight loss was modest, the researchers say that such a program is sustainable, both financially and in terms of participants' long-term health habits.
Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, published online March 12, 2012