Eating a big breakfast could speed weight loss

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In a study published in the journal Obesity, researchers studied 93 obese women assigned to one of two 12-week diet plans. The first eating plan required the women to consume 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 200 at dinner. The second plan reversed that order, requiring the women to eat 200 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 700 at dinner. The types of foods in the 700 calorie meal were the same whether consumed at breakfast or dinner and included foods such as cake and cookies. Overall, the women who consumed their largest meal at breakfast lost 17.8 pounds and 3 inches off their waistline, while the group that consumed their largest meal at dinner lost only 7.3 pounds on average and 1.4 inches off their waistlines.
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An Open Letter To The Government Of Dubai On The Topic Of Its Weight-Loss Campaign

Think collaboration, not just competition While the program director has described the initiative as a healthy competition, nudging people towards healthy collaboration might work even better. Some studies show that tackling weight loss challenges as part of an explicit group can be more effective psychological strategy. One study recruited participants to do a weight loss program alone, or with 3 friends or family members. Participants with greater social support were more likely to complete the 4-month program and maintain their weight loss after 10 months. Another study showed that group therapy produced significantly greater reductions in weight and body mass than individual therapy.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/zinamoukheiber/2013/08/05/an-open-letter-to-the-government-of-dubai-on-the-topic-of-its-weight-loss-campaign/

Weilos Wants To Pair You With An Online Weight Loss Coach Who Has Shed Pounds Themselves

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Where Wu and Perelmans concept differs from most is that it recognizes 1) theres no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to well-being and weight loss, and 2) the best way to promote continued use of a program is to build in some kind of direct personal interaction, and personal accountability, rather than just trust users to follow a program on their own. The reason were really excited about it is because obesity, weight loss, is one of the biggest health issues were facing today, and we just wanted to create an effective solution that really works by empowering passionate people who have succeeded themselves and allowing them to help others, Wu explained in an interview. The one unique thing that were doing is that our coaches are people who themselves have lost weight, and the most exciting thing for me is actually meeting people and seeing how knowledgeable they are and how excited they are to help others. Wu and his team carefully screen all coaches signing up to provide their services on the platform, and have received over 100 applications so far but approved only around less than half that to actively participate. Making sure that coaches on the platform have demonstrated their own success, and are trustworthy individuals is key to Weilos ability to attract users, and pre-screening, as well as coach ratings are in place to help ensure that happens. I asked Wu about the legal implications of providing a platform where amateurs provide health advice to the general populace. He says that Weilos itself is just connecting people, not providing advice itself, and that the company is very careful to advise coaches not to provide any actual medical advice to their clients. There are also tools in place to help both coaches and users report activity that might be detrimental to user health, like if someone were to use the platform to seek out or promote pro-anorexia or pro-bulimia behaviour, for instance.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/07/weilos-wants-to-pair-you-with-an-online-weight-loss-coach-who-has-shed-pounds-themselves/

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