Coaching, counseling help weight-loss success, experts say

07/23/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Weight-loss programs that include coaching or counseling to educate people about nutrition and fitness and help motivate them to change behaviors can be more successful than plans that do not offer extra help, according to a Tufts University study. Winston-Salem State University's Janice Collins-McNeil said another study of diabetes self-management classes showed participants needed education about the importance of diet and exercise before they were willing to change their habits.

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