Health: Final call for weight-loss study participants

WOMEN interested in improving their health and losing weight are still needed to take part in a 12-week study.

Researchers want to compare the effects of two diets on body weight, body composition and appetite control.

When they first appealed for volunteers through the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this month, they were overwhelmed with responses.

Prof Louise Dye, one of the leaders of the Leeds Women's Wellbeing Study, said they had over 100 women contact them and about 75 per cent were accepted onto the study.

"It was great for us," she said.

"It was really good to be in touch with people and hear about their real lives."

She said anyone still interested now had a last chance to take part.

Participants need to be pre-menopausal women aged between 18 and 48 who are overweight, non-smokers, not pregnant, in general good health and who can follow the 12-week plan.

Prior to being accepted they will need to fill in a food diary and then if they can take part, will be allocated a diet to follow.

Both diets are healthy, include fruit and vegetables and do not include any unusual foods or supplements. Breakfast cereals, snacks and a recipe book are provided and participants will be supported by a dietician.

Women are also being asked to record their feelings during each day to help the team identify triggers for eating. It is hoped that by using information about why people eat, in future it could be used to help change behaviour.

For more information on signing up, contact Diana or Iria on 0113 343 5753 or email LWW@leeds.ac.uk.

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