The Eight Proven Ways For Keeping Weight Off
By Geoffrey R. Harris, MD
What are the eight behaviors that are shared by people who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept the weight off for more than a year? Read on to find out the keys to maintaining a healthy weight.
At a recent meeting sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, Suzanne Phelan, Ph.D. presented information about losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Dr. Phelan, from Brown University, recently reviewed data from the National Weight Control Registry to identify the common habits of individuals who had successfully lost weight and kept the weight off for over a year. She studied a group of over 5500 people with an average age of 46 years old. The group was 77% female, and 89% of the group achieved weight loss through diet and exercise, 10% through diet alone, and 1% from exercise alone. Furthermore, 45 percent of the study participants lost weight on their own, while the other 55% joined formal weight-loss programs.
After studying the dietary habits of the most successful dieters, Dr. Phelan identified eight common strategies for losing weight and keeping the weight off:
These weight management tactics probably don't come as a big surprise--these strategies are the backbone of many diet and fitness programs. The problem is finding a way to incorporate these habits into a daily routine. There are many successful weight management programs that can help people lose weight and become healthier. One new plan came out this past December, when Superfoods Rx published an encouraging program that helps explain the importance of serving size, includes many delicious recipes, lets people enjoy the whole food benefits of the SuperFoods, and will help improve your relationship with food. You can check out the SuperFoodsRx Diet by Wendy Bazilian, Steven Pratt, and Kathy Matthews at your local bookstore or library or online at www.superfoodsrx.com.