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If you’re tired of regaining weight each time you take off pounds, you’re not alone. Almost everyone puts the pounds back on after a diet. But researchers have found ways to improve the odds of getting slender and staying slender.
Their answer: Eat more protein.
The study, performed at the Karolinska Institutet’s Clinical Epidemiology Unit and the Obesity Center at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, found that dieters who followed up their weight loss by eating a high-protein diet put fewer pounds back on than other weight losers. Their analysis also showed that, for some, using meal replacements and anti-obesity drugs also seemed to help.
“The body has several defense mechanisms against weight loss, such as increased hunger, lower energy metabolism and relapse back to old habits,” says researcher Erik Hemmingsson. “If the problem of rebound weight gain didn’t exist, obesity would be relatively easy to treat. There have been several possible methods to facilitate long-term weight control over the years, and now the database was large enough to make a systematic evaluation of existing studies.”
The study, a meta-analysis of 20 previously published scientific studies, included a total of 3,017 participants who were either obese or overweight at the start of the weight-loss process.
“Anti-obesity drugs unfortunately carry a risk of adverse events, so the most effective drugs were completely withdrawn a few years ago,” says Hemmingsson. “Meal replacement products and high protein diets, on the other hand, are effective and available to everyone.”