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Short Term Benefits of Weight Loss

Posted 3/23/2016

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  While spending this week in Mexico with my family, I am very definitely not thinking much about calories and diets and weight loss. Those worries are, in my experience, a very quick way to ruin a vacation. However, that will all change when we go home on Saturday, and this usually is something that I consider. Over the years, I have reached the rather unsatisfying conclusion that holding steady is a success--and sometimes it is a bit better than that,

  Remember that our new online support community has a nutrition community. It includes lots of weight loss tips and a chance to be mutually supportive. www.cancercommunity.bidmc

  This article from Oncology Nurse Advisor describes the short term benefits of weight loss for breast cancer survivors. Although the details may be a bit different for others, the general trends are the same. Here is the start and then a link to read more:

Breast Cancer Survivors Gain Short-term
Benefits From Weight-loss Intervention

Modest weight loss can reduce the likelihood of comorbid
conditions in breast cancer survivors, but the benefits are
not sustained over the long-term when a return to previous
behavior occurs. These results were reported in Supportive
Care in Cancer.1
Because weight loss can improve comorbid conditions
commonly experienced by breast cancer survivors,
researchers sought to determine the impact of an
intervention aimed at weight loss immediately following
(1 year) and 12 months later (2 years). For this secondary
analysis, data from the Exercise and Nutrition to Enhance
Recovery and Good Health for You (ENERGY) trial was
In the ENERGY trial, 692 overweight/obese women who
had completed treatment for early stage breast cancer were randomized to either a 12-month group-based behavioral intervention designed to achieve and maintain weight loss or to a less intensive control intervention (year 1). Minimal support was provided in the postintervention year


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