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Providing Support For Weight Loss

2004: Volume 1, Number 2


Lauve Metcalfe, MS, FAWHP

Lauve Metcalfe is Director of Program Development and Community Outreach for the University of Arizona’s Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition.


For most people who are significantly overweight, losing as little as 5% to 10% of their body weight will bring health benefits—and losing more might not.


Statistics show that people who are successful at losing weight are more knowledgeable about health, nutrition, physical activity, and wellness than those who are unsuccessful. So what sets these groups apart?

In many successful weight management programs, participants find that keeping a journal of their daily physical activity and food intake helps them lose weight. They also set reasonable goals for themselves and work toward positive changes in behavior. Then they work at maintaining their changes; not allowing themselves to slip back into negative eating habits and not exercising. The use of self-monitoring tools and assessments help guide many individuals in a successful approach to weight loss.


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