in the month for new beginnings. Or rather, we’re halfway
through the month for new beginnings. So how are we doing?
are still trying to figure out the best strategy to take off
those leftover holiday pounds, here’s a news flash: You will
lose weight with any diet that helps you eat fewer calories
than you burn for energy. Cut out the late night snacking.
Choose to eat more vegetables than French fries. That could do
really need though, is a way to keep the excess weight off
after we lose it. To the rescue is the National Weight Loss
Control Registry (NWCR), a program that tracks the strategies
of real people who have lost between 30 and 300 pounds
(really) and kept it off for five or more years. These
investigators continuously track the habits of successful
losers so that we can learn from what they have learned. And
more than 10,000 men and women have participated in this
research thus far. Here’s what we now know from their
if you need it. A little less than half (45%) of those who
successfully lost weight and kept it off long-term did it on
their own. The other 55% enlisted the help of some type of
weight loss program.
that you will need to change some habits. Most (98%) of these
participants who effectively lost weight say they modified
their food intake (duh). And 94% increased their physical
activity. Interestingly, too, the most frequently reported
mode of exercise for successful loss was walking.
after the weight comes off, what strategies work to keep it
off? Besides maintaining a diet that is low in both fat and
calories, here are the top tips from these weight management
breakfast every day. More than three-fourths of successful
losers "break the fast" at the start of each day.
the scale at least once a week. Weekly weight checks help
these folks stay on track with their goals.
something else besides watching television. Almost two-thirds
of successful weight losers say they watch less than 10 hours
of television each week.
at least one hour of physical activity each day. It all adds
up, even if you have to get it in 10-minute intervals.
rocket science, but these simple strategies have been proven
over and over to work. We just need to do them. And if you
need motivation, read the success stories of these folks at