I’m in this registry and long term health study on longer term weight loss and check in twice a year.
The real world has its share of success stories too, many of which are collected by the National Weight Control Registry. Established in 1994, the registry is a gathering place for successful losers. To qualify for enrollment, a loser needs to have lost more than 30 pounds and kept that weight off for over a year.
Today there are more than 10,000 registrants who on average have lost 66 pounds and kept it off for five and a half years. Registrants have lost weight every which way. Some have lost rapidly, while for others it took years. Some lost weight with low-fat diets, others low-carb. Some used diet books for guidance, others self-directed, and others still went to weight loss programs for help.
Looking to their success stories, published both online and as highlighted by Anne Fletcher in her book exploring the registrants, Thin for Life, the one common theme is that while maintaining their losses requires ongoing effort, that effort isn’t perceived by these weight loss masters as a hardship but rather as just living with new lifestyles, and lifestyles that they enjoy.
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