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“Biggest Loser” Study Reveals How Dieting Affects Long Term Metabolism

Despite substantial weight regain in the six years following participation, resting metabolic rate remained at the same low level that was measured at the end of the weight loss competition.

The average rate was approximately 500 calories per day lower than expected based on individuals’ body composition and age.

“Long-term weight loss requires vigilant combat against persistent metabolic adaptation that acts to proportionally counter ongoing efforts to reduce body weight,” wrote the authors of the Obesity study.

This information is from Medical News Today. You can read the original article online:  Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition, Fothergill, E., Guo, J., Howard, L., Kerns, J. C., Knuth, N. D., Brychta, R., Chen, K. Y., Skarulis, M. C., Walter, M., Walter, P. J. and Hall, K. D., Obesity, doi: 10.1002/oby.21538, published online 2 May 2016.

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