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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Weight Loss Success Secrets



Can you lose weight and keep it off?  Many people are able to lose weight and then maintain that loss while others gain back every pound they lost and more.  So what is the secret to weight loss success?  Two researchers established a National Weight Control Registry in 1994, Drs. Wing and Hill.  They have tracked 10,000 people who have lost weight and kept it off.  On the average this group has lost 66 pounds and kept the weight off for 5 years. 

Have you lost 30 pounds or more and kept it off for at least a year?  Are you over 18 years of age?  Then you could join the weight loss registry at:  www.nwcr.ws.  Or visit the web site to read about their success stories.

So what are the Weight Loss Success Secrets?  

  • Breakfast – those who started their day with breakfast were better able to keep the weight off.  Of those who were successful in losing weight and keeping it off, 78% were breakfast eaters.  Why?  Those who eat breakfast make better food choices and eat less during the day.  Breakfast skippers tended to feast on high sugar foods such as donuts and other high sugar snack foods. 
  • Exercise – not just a burst of exercise once a week but daily exercise.  Those on the registry exercise an hour a day.  In fact, studies have shown that if you want to keep the weight off, an hour a day of exercise is key.  But the hour doesn’t have to be done all at once. You can exercise 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes after dinner.  Or exercise for 20 minutes, three times a day.  Losing weight, then 30-60 minutes can help promote weight loss.  But once you want to maintain your weight loss, then you aim for 60 minutes a day.    
  • Maintenance – can you be successful?  Yes.  And many people are able to lose 10% of their body weight and keep it off for a year.  The longer you keep the weight off, the greater your chances of success.   Probably because it becomes a lifestyle change and not just another fad diet.
  • So eat breakfast and exercise to maintain that hard earned weight loss.

 Sources:  The Secrets of Weight Loss Success, www.nwcr.ws 
Image source:  http://www.brucebradley.com/food/weight-loss-carpetbaggers/


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