You have probably heard stories about people losing a significant amount of weight before. You may have also heard follow up stories of some of those people gaining the weight back. But what about those who successfully keep it off? What steps did they take to become successful?
That is where the National Weight Control Registry comes in. According to their website, “The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), established in 1994 by Rena Wing, Ph.D. from Brown Medical School, and James O. Hill, Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, is the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance.” Basically, they are looking at thousands of individuals who have lost weight and have kept it off over the years. Data is pooled together to find some common factors between them to see what works best. Here is just a sample of their findings:
94% increased their physical activity, with the most frequently reported form of activity being walking.
45% of registry participants lost the weight on their own and the other 55% lost weight with the help of some type of program.
Most report continuing to maintain a low calorie, low fat diet and doing high levels of activity.
◦ 78% eat breakfast every day.
◦ 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.
◦ 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
◦ 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.
As you can see, a reduced calorie diet and staying active is crucial. Some people also found that a program, such as Philadelphia nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian, to be beneficial as well. If you are trying to lose weight and keep it off, take some of these things into consideration. Also, be sure to keep in mind that everyone is different and there is no “one size fits all” plan for everyone. Let a Family Food Dietitian help you with an individualized plan to reach your weight loss goals this year.
For more information, visit the NWCR website at http://www.nwcr.ws