Most people believe that permanent weight loss is rare and difficult, and there is a lot of confusion about what works and what doesn’t. There is no lack of advice on what works for weight loss, but some of what we hear is good and some of it not so good.
In order to separate the fact from fiction and discover what successful dieters do, Rena Wing, Ph.D. from Brown Medical School, and James O. Hill, Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, created the National Weight Control Registry(NWCR). Their registry tracks individuals (now over 10,000) who have lost significant amounts of weight and have kept it off for over a year. They question participants on how they were able to be successful and what daily habits they incorporated.
After studying successful weight loss, here are the principles discovered by the NWCR:
- 98 percent of registry participants report that they modified their food intake in some way to lose weight.
- 94 percent increased their physical activity, with the most frequently reported form of activity being walking. 90 percent exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.
- There is variety in how NWCR members keep the weight off, with most continuing to maintain a low-calorie, low-fat diet and doing high levels of activity.
- 78 percent eat breakfast every day.
- 75 percent weigh themselves at least once a week.
- 62 percent watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
Investigators in a large, more formal clinical trial of long-term success are in agreement with the NWCR on the importance of sustained dietary change and increased physical activity. Is this a surprise to anyone?
What all this demonstrates is that weight management does not have to be complicated (although it’s wrong to focus on just one thing). If you adopt the habits that successful “losers” have discovered, then you greatly increase the odds that you will be successful.
If you qualify—a minimum of 30 pounds of weight loss, sustained for at least a year—I encourage you to join the NWCR to help others achieve the same success. In this blog, we will be posting the names of people who have been accepted. We would be happy to share your story with the rest of the Shaklee Family.
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