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Women lost an average of 14.5 lbs or 7% after three years with Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)
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A total of 6,207 women who renewed their annual membership for three years in Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a low-cost, nonprofit weight loss program, had lost an average of 14.5 lbs or 7 percent after three years. Cost
Cost for TOPS: $28 per year
The cost for Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is $27.50 per year for those in the US or Canada, and $43.50 for not living in the US or Canada.
Starting body weight: 215 lbs; Weight after three years: 200 lbs
The average starting weight of the women was 215 lbs.
After three years their weight had dropped to 200 lbs.
Mitchell N, Dickinson L, Kempe A, Tsai A. Determining the effectiveness of take off pounds sensibly (tops), a nationally available nonprofit weight loss program. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Mar, 19(3):568-73.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Nia S. Mitchell
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Colorado Health Outcomes
Center for Human Nutrition
University of Colorado Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA
What is TOPS?
What is TOPS? A description from their website
“TOPS = Take Off Pounds Sensibly
“TOPS Club, Inc. is the original, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization,” according to their website.
“We were established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success. TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines:
- healthy eating
- regular exercise
- wellness information
- awards and recognition
- support from others at weekly chapter meetings
“TOPS Fees [ as of May 2011 ]:”
“TOPS’ annual membership fee is $26 in the US and $30 in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees (on average, $5 per month) collected for local chapter expenses.
“If members’ spouse and children age 7 through 17 join and prefer not to receive their own copy of TOPS News, they pay half price.
“TOPS is comprised of men, women, and children age 7 and older, with about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
“Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge.
“Members meet weekly in their local chapters, where they receive positive reinforcement and motivation in adhering to their food and exercise plans.
“New members consult with their healthcare professionals to obtain a healthy goal weight and share it with the chapter Weight Recorder.”
TOPS Contact Info
TOPS Club, Inc
4575 South Fifth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Before and After Pictures
Before and after pictures from TOPS.org
Here are Before and After pictures from TOPS.org.
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