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Avoiding weight fluctuations may be key to long-term success

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Slow and steady wins the weight-loss race.

A study published in the journal Obesity shows consistently dropping small amounts of weight works better for the long term than dramatic spikes in both directions. 

The study followed mostly women who were overweight or obese for two years as they followed a weight-loss program.

The researchers found the more a participant's weight varied each week, the less weight loss there was one year and then two years later.

The study also showed weight loss success early in the process, predicted future success.