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Women who lost the most weight had more cravings for high-calorie foods, but gave in less often
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"[W]e found that the more successful weight losers had cravings for increased energy-dense foods compared to subjects with less weight loss, but they also had a reduced frequency of giving in to cravings," notes a study from researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Dieters Should Know Cravings Will Not Decrease
Dieters should know cravings will not decrease with weight loss, but the urge to give in should be resisted
“[P]eople attempting to lose weight and maintain weight loss may benefit from advice to accept that food cravings may not decrease in frequency and that reducing energy intake despite experiencing food cravings may need to involve decreased portions of craved foods and/or reduced frequency of giving in to such cravings,” the paper concluded.
Gilhooly C, Das SK, Golden J, Mccrory M, Dallal G, Saltzman E, Kramer F, Roberts S. Food cravings and energy regulation: The characteristics of craved foods and their relationship with eating behaviors and weight change during 6 months of dietary energy restriction. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Dec, 31(12):1849-58.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Susan B. Roberts
Energy Metabolism Laboratory
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
711 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111, USA
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