Wow, thank you for that!!! That answers a lot of questions that I've seen asked here and things that I've thought about too. Some of the interesting points:
-The maintenance rate for those with WLS and those who lose through diet & exercise were the same
- The average member ate about 1400 calories/day (BUT ~25% of their members were still actively trying to lose weight). I really wish that had that number for maintainers!!
- Those who weighed themselves the most often were more likely to maintain.
- The amount of effort needed to maintain the loss decreased over time.
Granted, all their members had to have maintain their loss for a year so I wonder if that already gets rid of a huge chunk of the population who are most likely to gain back their loss within a years time?
I'll hit a year of maintaining a 30lb loss at the end of Feb so I'll definitely join once that rolls around! Obviously I've lost quite a bit in the meantime, though.