A new study reveals women who did a practice run before they started losing weight were better at keeping the pounds off.
The training involved making small, quick adjustments to eating habits before beginning a diet.
This seems to prepare people for the focused commitment weight loss requires.
Study results show that women who spent eight weeks learning weight-maintenance skills were able to keep more of their weight off a year later.
There is more on this research in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.