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In the study, we recruited 75 volunteers (aged 18-75) with excess weight and randomized them into three groups. One group focused on breaking old habits; one promoted forming new habits; and the third group was a waitlist control. The habit-breaking group was sent a text message with a different task to perform every day. These tasks were focused on breaking usual routines and included things such as “drive a different way to work ” or “listen to a new genre of music”. The habit-forming group was asked to follow a program focused on forming habits centered on healthy lifestyle changes. The group was encouraged to incorporate ten simple, healthy tips into their daily routine, so they became second nature. Unlike usual weight loss programs, these interventions did not prescribe specific diet plans or exercise regimens; they simply aimed to change small daily habits. After 12 weeks, participants on both the habit-based programs lost an average of 3.1kg (6.8lbs). More importantly, after 12 months of no intervention and no contact, they had on average lost an additional 2.1kg (4.6lbs). "I believe habit-based interventions have the potential to change how we think about weight management." © Dietitian Connection 14 Infuse | September 2019