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Personalized weight loss program causes greater weight loss than standard program : 13.6 vs 5.7 lbs
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People given a personalized Polar Weight Management Program lost twice as much weight over an seven-and-a-half month period as those following a standard weight loss program according to a study from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Definition
What is Polar Weight Management Program?
A Polar Weight Management Program is one that tells you how many calories you need to eat and how many to expend through exercise in order to achieve your desired target weight.
What is Polar Weight Management Program vs Standard Program : 13.6 lbs vs 5.7 lbs
Those given a Polar Weight Management Program lost an average of 13.6 pounds in seven-and-a-half months compared to 5.7 pounds for those given a standard weight loss program.
I assume that the standard weight loss program told all men to eat a certain number of calories and all women to eat a certain number of calories rather than telling each person how much to eat and exercise in order to lose their desired weight.
Subjects : 74 men and women
The study consisted of 74 overweight or obese men and women who on average were 38-years-old.
Comments : Calculating calorie intake for each person is a great idea
Comment: I’ve said this before, but I think this is a great idea.
There is one doctor I know who does this, that is, he calculates for each patient how many calories they should eat in order to achieve their desired weight loss and also shows them how much longer it will take if they eat an extra 100, 200, 300 calories per day, and shows that at a certain level of calorie intake that they will never reached their desired weight, and he also charts a persons weight loss.
I think that more patients would lose more weight if their physicians were to give them this information.
Byrne NM, Meerkin JD, Laukkanen R, Ross R, Fogelholm M, Hills AP. Weight loss strategies for obese adults: Personalized weight management program vs. Standard care. Obesity. 2006 Oct, 14(10):1777-88.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Nuala M. Byrne
School of Human Movement Studies
Queensland University of Technology
Victoria Park Road
Q4059 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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