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This survey examined self-reported behaviour changes associated with weight loss and maintenance in a group
of 292 members of a commercial weight management organisation (CWMO). Mean (SD) joining weight was 89.0 (20.0)
kg, duration of membership was 29.1 (16.2) months and time taken to reach their current weight was 16.3 (13.5) months.
Mean (SD) weight change was -15.6 (11.4) kg and BMI change was -5.7 (4.0) kg/m², (both p<0.001), which had been
maintained for 11.7 (12.8) months.
Primary factors reported by participants as important in achieving their weight loss included not going hungry by
satisfying appetite with low energy density food eaten ad libitum, following a flexible diet, peer-group support and tools
to cope with small lapses.
Several reported eating/activity behaviours significantly correlated with weight loss maintenance (WLM). However in
regression analysis, while most individual changes in eating behaviour and activity behaviour were significant predictors
of weight change in this group, no variables explained more than a few percent of the variance, after adjusting for age,
gender, height and starting weight.
A range of eating and activity behaviours was associated with weight loss maintenance. It is important to offer consumers
flexible solutions they can adapt to their individual lifestyle needs.