Monday, August 11, 2008

Swedish Weight Loss Secret

There is a new weight loss secret to report, and this time it is from our Swedish friends. But no, it's not, "Stop eating Swedish meatballs". Instead, the Swedes have discovered Online Weight Loss Programs.

Researchers at the world famous Karolinska Institute wanted to find out why some men and women succeed at weight loss while others don't. They looked at an internet-based weight loss club used mostly by women (86% of users were female).

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The researchers studied the users over time, and found that 29% of users lost at least 5% bodyweight.

The researchers also found something that I've been telling you about for a long time. They found that the strongest predictors of weight loss were activity in the weight club as judged by number of logins and diary entries, and sex.

That means that going online for social support in your weight loss program is one of the most effective things you can do. You might not have the perfect home life, office environment, or workout buddies, but chances are you will find someone to help you on an Internet weight loss forum.

The researchers concluded that given its low cost and high accessibility at 24 hours a day, online weight loss clubs are an interesting and effective way to help men and women lose weight.

Find some online social support today!

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

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