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Weight Loss Secrets of Success

The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) is the oldest and largest longitudinal study of successful weight control in the world. It has 6000 study subjects and has been in existence almost as long as I’ve maintained my weight loss success, 30 years. I and many of my clients and readers (it’s all voluntary) are among those they study!

Here’s some interesting info about people who have been successful at permanent weight loss, regardless of the methods they used.

From the NWCR:

“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.

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.”

More at the NWCR website.

How to Become Good at Anything

Advice to anyone reluctant to try something they are not good at: “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.” (Contrary to the usual “well”.) This is what we need to advise people, like our kids, our friends and ourselves, who are reluctant to do things because they are afraid of failing or looking bad.

The logic: If you are not trained and experienced in doing something difficult, you will not be good at it. The only way to get good at it is to learn from your mistakes, make adjustments, and practice until proficiency is accomplished.

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth going through this process where you must start out doing it badly.