Successful losers share their strategies |

Successful losers share their strategies

In 1993, James Hill, an obesity researcher at the University of Colorado, and Rena Wing, a behavioral psychologist at Brown University, created the National Weight Control Registry in order to study persons who had lost at least 30 pounds and kept them off for at least a year.

Today more than 5,000 people are included in the registry and their secrets of success are being publicized. First, there’s no “best way” to lose weight. Some registrants used programs; over half did it on their own. Some ate protein; others at low-fat. But almost all chose a combination of limiting calories and increasing physical activity.

Ongoing, the registrants maintained a vigorous (one hour per day) exercise program. Walking was the most popular but typically one additional sport or exercise activity was added.

The registrants eat breakfast, weigh themselves regularly (once a day) and adjust their eating according to the dictates of the scale. The experience of the registrants is that your best chance for weight management is to find an eating and exercise program you can stick with lifelong. And then make adherence to the program a priority for life.

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