The best way to help people lose weight and keep it off is to develop programmes based on solid evidence of what works and what doesn’t work. At the moment, we don’t know enough about how to do this. NoHoW will tackle this problem.
Health problems associated with obesity are a major healthcare challenge. Effective interventions and successful commercial weight loss programmes to help people lose weight already exist. However, most people re-gain the weight they lose – weight loss maintenance is really difficult.
Researchers already know that weight loss maintenance (WLM) depends on changing behaviours. There are many techniques available to help people change their behaviour in the long term but we still don’t know which of these techniques work best for WLM or why. We also don’t know how different social and healthcare contexts influence the effectiveness of different techniques. To better tackle obesity and being overweight, we need to learn more about how different people change their behavior to maintain their weight loss – this is the main research aim of NoHoW.