Washington [US]May 24 (ANI): According to a new study, people who are successful at maintaining weight loss spend less time sitting during the week and on weekends than weight-stable people with obesity.
Published online in Obesity, the flagship of the Obesity Society, this is the first study to look at the time spent on various sitting activities among weight loss caregivers.
Previous 2006 results in the National Weight Control Registry showed that weight loss workers watched significantly less TV than controls, but did not investigate other sitting activities. In the current study, the weight loss carers did not differ significantly from the controls in the reported weekly sitting time they spent watching TV, but the amount of time they spent non-work-related time with a computer or video game.
Differences between the current study and the results of the National Weight Control Registry could reflect changes in available electronic devices over the past 15 years, including the increasing availability of computers and video games. The weight loss supervisors and controls also differed little in the amount of time they spent reading or studying while traveling. or talk, write text messages and socialize. These could be viewed as more mentally active forms of sedentary behavior.
“The results will hopefully lead to future weight maintenance research that tests the effects and optimal approaches to reducing sitting habits, including the use of non-work-related computers and video games. Future research should include objective measurements of sitting and activity,” said Suzanne Phelan, Department of Kinesiology and Public Health and Center for Health Research, Polytechnic State University in California, in San Luis Obispo. Phelan is the corresponding author of the study.
The study enrolled 4,305 weight loss carers from WW (formerly Weight Watchers) who had maintained a weight loss of> 9.1 kg (average 24.7 kg) for 3.3 years and an average current BMI of 27.6 kg / m2. The group of weight-stable people with obesity had an average BMI of 38.9 kg / m2. In order to collect data, the questionnaires Multicontext Sitting Time and Paffenbarger for physical activity were administered.
The results showed that weight loss maintainers spent three hours less per day sitting during the week (10.9 versus 13.9) and on weekends (9.7 versus 12.6) compared to weight stable subjects with obesity. Compared to controls, weight loss workers also spent an hour less per day sitting at the computer or playing a video game during non-work-related activities during the week (1.4 versus 2.3) and on weekends (1.5 versus 2.5) .
There were no significant differences between weight loss carers and weight-stable obese individuals in the number of televisions and devices used to encourage sedentary lifestyle in the home (15.8 versus 14.8). Weight loss workers expended significantly more calories per week on physical activity (1,835 versus 785).
“These findings are important in understanding behaviors that can improve weight loss maintenance, and one of them may be reducing sitting time and other types of sitting behavior. However, this study also showed that physical activity was associated with improved maintenance said John M. Jakicic, PhD, FACSM, FTOS, distinguished professor and director of the Institute for Healthy Lifestyle and Research Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jakicic was not associated with research.
“Therefore, this study does not mean that more standing instead of sitting helps maintain weight loss, but that less sitting, which leads to more exercise, is key to maintaining weight loss. So sit less and move more,” added M Jakicic added.
Other authors on the study include James Roake, Noemi Alarcon, and Sarah Keadle of the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health and the Center for Health Research at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Chad Rethorst of Texas A and M Agrilife in Dallas, Texas, and Gary Foster of WW International, Inc. of New York and the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia also co-authored the study. (ANI)