Results of a new study may point way to effective weight-loss maintenance and negate weight regain following diets. The latest research has revealed the levels of appetite hormones in the body prior to dieting may serve as a predictor of weight regain after dieting. "Treating obesity with drugs or dietary programs can be very effective in the short-term, but the long-term success of maintaining the weight lost is usually poor," said Ana Crujeiras, of Compejo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago in Spain and lead author of the study. "Our study sheds light on how the appetite hormones leptin and ghrelin affect weight regain after weight loss. This knowledge could be used as a tool to personalize weight-loss programs that could guarantee success in keeping off the weight," Crujeiras added. In this study, researchers evaluated a group of 104 obese or overweight men and women during an 8-week low-calorie diet and again 32 weeks after treatment. Researchers measured body weight as well as plasma fasting ghrelin, leptin and insulin concentrations before, during and after dieting. They found that subjects with higher plasma leptin and lower ghrelin levels before dieting were more prone to regain weight lost after dieting and that these hormone levels could be proposed as biomarkers for predicting obesity-treatment outcomes. "We believe this research is of foremost relevance in clinical terms as it may indicate that the outcome of weight therapy may be pre-conditioned," said Crujeiras. "Furthermore, our findings may provide endocrinology and nutrition professionals a tool to identify individuals in need of specialized weight-loss programs that first target appetite hormone levels before beginning conventional dietary treatment." Crujeiras added. The study appears in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).Source: ANI << "Chameleon Paint" That Changes Car Colours According to Own... Fertility Damaged by Smoking >> Recommended Reading Negative Calorie Diet The History of dieting probably dates back to the year 1807. It was believed that King William suddenly felt the urge to lose weight after he found it difficult to ride his horse due to weight gain. READ MORE Diet for Anemia in Pregnancy A modified diet rich in Folate, Vitamin B12 and Iron is essential for the rapid rise in hemoglobin level. READ MORE Low Cholesterol Diet - PUFA & MUFA Cholesterol - The Pivotal Chemical in Low Cholesterol Diet READ MORE Decreased Appetite Symptom Evaluation A loss of appetite deprives an individual of essential nutrients and results in weight loss. READ MORE Diet Pills Diet pills are flooding the market by millions. The positive side of diet pills to most people is that they achieve their objective of losing weight. Medical reviews are against the use of diet pills. READ MORE Hungry? - But you Just Ate! Most of us are tempted by good food, mealtime or not. Once in a way is fine but it is dangerous to give into food cravings all the time. READ MORE Increased Appetite Symptom Evaluation An increase in appetite is seen in conditions like bulimia, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and worm infestation. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Post-Nasal Drip Color Blindness Calculator More News on: Diet PillsDecreased Appetite Symptom EvaluationIncreased Appetite Symptom EvaluationHungry? - But you Just Ate!