Successful applicants will work with a dietician, personal trainer and world-class researchers at RMIT’s Bundoora campus, and receive free gym membership throughout the study.
Lead researcher Professor John Hawley, Head of the Exercise Metabolism Group in the School of Medical Sciences, said results from the first stage of the study were promising.
“Preliminary results have shown that dairy-rich diets, combined with exercise, enable people to lose fat mass while preserving lean muscle,” Professor Hawley said.
“This next phase of the study will examine which diet is most effective in achieving healthy and efficient weight loss.”
After analysing the results of the first round of trials with 30 participants, researchers are seeking a further 60 volunteers to continue the two-year study.
Study participants need to be overweight but otherwise healthy, and aged between 35 and 59.
The lifestyle interventions run for 16 weeks at RMIT’s Bundoora campus and the study has multiple groups starting between January-May, 2013.
Anyone interested in joining the study can find out more by emailing the University at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media note: Participants from the first round of the study are available for interview.
For interviews: Professor John Hawley, (03) 9925 7353 or 0408 089 959.
For general media enquiries and to arrange interviews with participants: Alan Gill, (03) 9925 9772 or 0419 591 102.