12 Habits of 'Successful Losers'
What does it take to keep the weight off?
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
Anyone can lose weight. The billion-dollar question is, how do you shed those pounds AND lose them forever? Is it luck, or is it something we all can do, too?
If the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) can't answer that question, no one can. The NWCR has been tracking 3,000 "successful losers" who have lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for 5.5 years. So what have they learned? Obviously, when family members are supportive, you stand a better chance of losing weight permanently. The NWCR also identified at least 5 habits in people who maintained their weight loss for years.
Habit No. 1: Eat a low-fat, high-carb diet
Habit No. 2: Eat breakfast every day
Habit No. 3: Eat five small meals throughout the day
Habit No. 4: Weigh yourself about once a week
Habit No. 5: Exercise, exercise, exercise
Habit No. 6: Don't restrict foods
Habit No. 7: Shy away from sugar and bring on the fiber
Habit No. 8: Stay away from gimmicks
"People who?kept the extra pounds off for more than a year?did it without any gimmicks, supplements, or fad diets."
Habit No. 9: Change your lifestyle
Habit No. 10: Take advantage of the Internet
Habit No. 11: Recover from relapses quickly
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