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Published on December 21, 2007

Weight Loss Study at the University of Colorado Denver is Researching How to Take Weight Off and Keep It Off for Good

Qualified participants receive four months of free weight loss treatment

AURORA, Colo. (Dec. 21, 2007) - Researchers at the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Denver know that the major challenge facing most overweight Americans is not only producing a weight loss but actually being able to maintain a hard-earned victory over the 'battle of the bulge' and prevent weight from being regained.

The weight loss maintenance study at the Center for Human Nutrition is the first of its kind and will randomize participants in the study to one of three weight loss maintenance programs following a period of supervised weight loss. The research study is supported by a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

"There are many different methods to lose weight, but there are no recommendations for how to best achieve long-term weight loss maintenance," said Holly Wyatt, MD, principal investigator on the study and associate professor of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes at the UC Denver School of Medicine. "Despite the method used to reduce body weight, very few individuals who have succeeded in weight loss are able to keep the weight off permanently. This project aims to identify how much physical activity and exercise is necessary to prevent weight regain after weight loss."

The study includes weight loss treatment, free physical health assessments, and compensation for time.

For more information on the weight loss maintenance study and/or questions about participating, please call (720) 848-6374 or email

The School of Medicine faculty work to advance science and improve care as the physicians, educators and scientists at University of Colorado Hospital, The Children's Hospital, Denver Health Medical Center, National Jewish Medical and Research Center and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The School is part of the University of Colorado Denver, one of three universities in the University of Colorado system.

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Wendy Sorensen