August 3rd, 2009
Want to know the secrets to successful weight loss?
Ask any of the five thousand people from the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) who have successfully lost weight and kept it off for over for six years.
Here are a few statistics from the registry.
• 98% of participants made dietary changes
• 94% increased daily physical activity
• 78% eat breakfast every day
• 75% step on a scale at least once per week
• 62% watch less than 10 hours of television per week
• 90% exercise on average an hour a day
In addition, most followed a low-calorie, low-fat diet and reported that walking was their activity of choice.
Researchers from Brown Medical School and the University of Colorado created the NWCR in order to study the habits and characteristics of individuals who have successfully lost weight and maintained their weight loss over time.
Their findings shed light on the fact that good old-fashioned lifestyle changes are what prompt results and are the key to long-term weight loss, including eating right and being active every day and not quick fixes
Original story by Lee Stiiffler-Meyer / Examiner, with contributions by Carlos A. Reyes