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Long-term Weight Loss Success

Monday, August 15, 2011

For those who haven't heard of the National Weight Control Registry, this study group was started in 1994 to study individuals who are able to lose weight and keep it off for 5 years or more. While it used to be believed that only 5% would be successful, this long-term study has shown that as many as 20% of those who start losing weight will have kept the weight off. So, what are the keys to their success? Here are some findings:


* 80% of persons in the registry are women and 20% are men.

* The "average" woman is 45 years of age and currently weighs 145 lbs, while the "average" man is 49 years of age and currently weighs 190 lbs.

* Registry members have lost an average of 66 lbs and kept it off for 5.5 years.

* These averages, however, hide a lot of diversity:
* Weight losses have ranged from 30 to 300 lbs.
* Duration of successful weight loss has ranged from 1 year to 66 years!
* Some have lost the weight rapidly, while others have lost weight very slowly--over as many as 14 years.

* We have also started to learn about how the weight loss was accomplished: 45% of registry participants lost the weight on their own and the other 55% lost weight with the help of some type of program.

* 98% of Registry participants report that they modified their food intake in some way to lose weight.

* 94% increased their physical activity, with the most frequently reported form of activity being walking.

* There is variety in how NWCR members keep the weight off. Most report continuing to maintain a low calorie, low fat diet and doing high levels of activity.

* 78% eat breakfast every day.

* 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.

* 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.

* 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.

I'm hoping to learn from these individuals in order to experience my own long-term weight loss success. I still need to get to goal but I'm going strong after 4+ years and I plan on joining the 5-year group in January 2012.
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    3594 days ago
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    You are definitely a success story! And I'm sure you will maintain it (within a few pounds) because it really has become your lifestyle! And it's important to you to teach your girls! (that's a GREAT motivation!!!) emoticon
    3594 days ago
    Thank you for the information! I have been on my journey for just over 3 years. I have lost 175 lbs and I keep wondering when I can start counting my time. Only kidding! It's just a retorical rambling. You keep up the good work!
    3594 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3008106
    I'm sure you'll be apart of that group no problem!

    I hope to be too....right now I'm in the group who gained it back. No more of that!
    3594 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9136158
    Hope you make it, I am going strong efter 8 years! Good luck!
    3594 days ago
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