Behavioral weight loss interventions may be associated with short-term success, but participants tend to regain weight. Thus,
effective strategies for sustaining weight loss are needed. Svetkey and colleagues report results of the Weight Loss Maintenance Randomized Trial, in which overweight and obese participants who lost at least 4 kg during a 6-month behavioral weight loss program were randomly assigned to either monthly personal contact, unlimited access to an interactive technology–based intervention, or self-directed control. At the 30-month follow-up, the investigators found that although weight regain was common, 71% of participants weighed less than they had at study entry. Persons who had been randomly assigned to monthly personal-contact sessions regained less than those who were assigned to the interactive technology–based intervention or the self-directed control condition.