Crash dieting is an effective way to slim, scientists have found
Written By Betty van der Mark on Saturday, May 8, 2010 | 5:03 AM
Despite health warnings from nutritionists, research showed that dieters who shed the most weight in their first month also lost more in the long run. And they were just as likely to maintain their new shape as dieters who lost less. The message, says the study, is that the first few weeks of a diet are critical and may spur dieters on. Writing in the International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, the researchers said: 'Because weight regain reverses the health benefits achieved with weight loss, considerable efforts have been placed on identifying behavioural factors that may be associated with long-term success. Studies have shown that rate of initial weight loss, even within the first few weeks of treatment, may serve as an important predictor of long-term success.