By Dr. Mallika Marshall

BOSTON (CBS) — Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to weight loss, at least according to a new study.

For one year, nearly 200 overweight or obese adults followed a weight loss program and researchers found that those who had consistent weight loss in the first 6 to 12 weeks were more likely to keep the weight off 1 to 2 years later than those whose weight fluctuated.

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Almost half of people who go on a diet to lose weight regain more than half of it over a two year period, but this research suggests if you lose weight consistently, you can change that.

So find a weight loss program that you can stick with week in and week out, even if the weight loss is slow.

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More good news for coffee drinkers.

A new study of nearly 20,000 middle-aged Mediterranean adults found that those who drank at least 4 cups of coffee a day had a 64% lower risk of death compared to those who never or almost never drank coffee.

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This is yet another study showing the potential health benefits of coffee. Most experts would now agree that for healthy adults, coffee can be considered part of a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Mallika Marshall