So, you’ve done it. You’ve followed the Weight Watchers (or another diet/exercise plan of your choosing) and lost a few pounds. Great Job! The National Weight Control Registry, a long-term scientific study of successful weight losers, can help you figure out how to keep them off.
The National Weight Control Registry
A few years ago, I stumbled upon the National Weight Control Registry, a database of successful weight losers who have lost at least thirty pounds and kept it off for three years. You can learn more about the National Weight Control Registry here.
Over the past few years, the NWCR has been carefully studying the habits of successful weight losers, by asking them about their dietary habits, exercise, and other lifestyle factors. According to the NWCR, here are some characteristics common to successful losers. WEIGHT losers, that is. Wink!
- 98% modified their diet, and 94% reported increasing physical activity.
- Most respondents follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet with moderate exercise.
- 78% eat breakfast daily.
- Almost all exercise daily, with an average of 60 minutes per day.
- 55% of respondents reported using a weight loss program to lose weight.
But what does it all mean?
A peek into the daily lives of individuals who have managed to maintain a successful weight loss, while unsurprising, can certainly be helpful…and inspiring. For me, the results of the NWCR study drive home three main points:
There is no silver bullet for weight loss. There are no quick fixes. There is no magic formula. And it won’t happen overnight. It takes time. Successful weight loss boils down to diet and exercise. Mostly diet.
Once you reach your weight loss goal, you must, for the most part, keep doing what you were doing. Switching back to a diet of cakes and fettucine alfredo after losing weight will just undo all of the hard work.
Weight loss is hard, but not impossible, and a support network can be great help. Weight loss isn’t rocket science (thankfully). All of the people in the NWCR were able to lose weight and keep it off long-term! While a diet plan is not needed to shed pounds, it is helpful. Weight loss can be stressful (yes, I said it), and having a community to share the experience with, such as Weight Watchers, can be very helpful. Weight Watchers meetings are a place to share successes, express frustrations, get recipe ideas, obtain guidance on the weight-loss process, and make friends. Social support can be a great motivator!
Losing Weight with Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers can help you get started on your weight loss goals. Right now, WW has a promotion for 25% off their Monthly Pass. The Monthly Pass provides unlimited access to meetings, eTools, and the Weight Watchers Mobile App. Find out more about it at weightlosstriumph.com. It’s a great deal, and it expires on 11/30. Grab it now and get started on your weight loss goals today. You’ll be happy you did!
Weight Watchers is the only program that has been studied so extensively. A 2011 study evaluated the weight change of obese and overweight adults who were referred to Weight Watchers by the National Health Service (NHS). The average weight loss was 5.4 kg (12 lbs) improving the participants health. A 2013 study showed that those who received access to Weight Watchers from Tennessee Medicaid and attended 13 meetings lost 6.4% of their initial weight.