University of Pittsburgh researchers discover effective weight loss tactics for older women

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PITTSBURGH —

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh say four things can help older women keep weight off.

A new study of nearly 500 postmenopausal women showed that decreasing consumption of desserts and sugary drinks predicted short-term and long-term weight loss.

The study also found that decreasing consumption of meats and cheeses, and increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables predicted long-term weight loss.  

"It's really interesting because a lot of people may try to increase fruits and vegetables and might not see a result right away," said Dr. Bethany Barone Gibbs. "But if they keep that up they may be able to see long term weight changes."

Researchers found that eating out and eating fried food didn't have an effect on long-term weight change.