The Unusual Way People Are Losing Weight

New diets come and go. Find one that works for you. Jodi recently discovered this surprising new way people are loosing weight from TIME


You don’t have to attend in-person meetings or pay big bucks for a personal trainer to successfully lose weight. People who did wellness coaching by telephone lost an average of 10 pounds over 12 months, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity, and changed their year-over-year weight trajectories from upward to downward.

Coaching is provided by health professionals trained in techniques such as motivational interviewing—a method of asking questions to help people discover their internal motivations and barriers to change. The sessions range from 10 to 30 minutes, and each call is designed to follow up on goals set in the previous session.

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If you’re interested in weight-loss coaching by phone, Goler recommends asking your health insurer if the company provides or can recommend programs similar to the one used in the study. If they can’t help, she says, check with your doctor.

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