Providing financial incentives to obese people could be a very effective way in making them lose those extra pounds, a new study published in the Journal of Public Health reveals. Researchers in UK observed over 400 people who had enrolled in the "pounds for pounds" initiative that offered financial benefits for those who lost weight. Nearly half of the participants were NHS employees and the average weight of the participants was 101.8kg. At the end of the respective weight loss plans, the researchers found that nearly a quarter of the participants had lost over 10 percent of their body weight while around 44 percent lost at least five percent of their body weight. Though less than 40 percent of the total participants underwent the complete plan, the average annual weight loss of over 5kg meant that the "pounds for pounds" initiative was more effective than other weight loss plans such as Weight Watchers. "The successful recruitment to this programme suggests that a financial incentives weight-loss programme may be acceptable to the general public and to NHS employees, and to both men and women", University of Sheffield's Dr Clare Relton said. Source: Medindia << Many Herbal Remedies Facing European Ban Study Says Group Doctor Visits may be Feasible for Parkinso... >> Recommended Reading Obesity Obesity is a condition where there is excess accumulation of body fat which poses a risk to the health of the individual. It can affect children and adults. READ MORE Mantra to Prevent Childhood Obesity – Vigorous Physical Activity Being physically very active is the mantra to prevent pediatric obesity rather than concentrating efforts at restricting energy consumption. READ MORE Carbohydrates and Its Role in Obesity Obesity is a global epidemic with majority of the world's population in developed countries being over weight or obese! READ MORE Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is one of the most serious health challenges in the developing countries and needs to be understood and tackled effectively. READ MORE Battle of the Bulge The ‘battle of bulge’ is the toughest of all battles. Once you put on weight it is so difficult to get rid of it. Here are the best tips to fight off that extra flab. READ MORE The Cabbage Diet The plausible reason that can be sited is the inherent low calorie property of cabbage. READ MORE Weight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work? Hypnosis indirectly helps with weight loss by altering the consciousness through suggestions and imagery to a more positive state. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Daily Calorie Requirements Indian Medical Journals Blood - Sugar Chart More News on: The Cabbage DietThe Macrobiotic DietHeight and Weight-KidsBattle of the BulgeWeight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work?