You have lost it. Twice, three, four times?
You are losing it again… and this time it’s different!
But is it?
Statistically, only about 5% of people who lose weight maintain their weight loss long term. Which means that 95% of dieters reading this blog have, at some point gained, their weight back.
To find answers, I went to the National Weight Control Registry, an organization which researches the behaviors of over 5000 people who have maintained a 30 pound weight loss for at least a year.
The Registry has an impressive body of research. Here are a few of their findings:
* Most people who keep their weight off report maintaining a low fat, low calorie diet – one study showed many continue to use the same strategies in maintenance as they did for weight loss
* 90% exercise at least ONE HOUR EVERY DAY
* 75% weigh themselves at least once a week
The National Weight Control Registry List of Published Findings is a great resource if you are serious about figuring out what you can do differently this time around.
How will you continue to do what you need to do to keep your weight off tomorrow and next year… and five years from now?
The top 2 “reasons” people give up their healthy lifestyle behaviors are time and perceived cost. Planning, shopping, cooking and working out take time. Meal replacements, fruits and veggies, gym memberships, personal trainers and weight loss coaches cost money. But time spent on healthy food and exercise is an investment in your longevity and quality of life. And choosing to not spend money on your healthy lifestyle is not equivalent to saving money.
If it’s not for your health, longevity, and quality of life than what’s the time and money for?
The research on diet and physical activity is absolutely clear… If you do not invest in your health, you will surely pay for your illness.
So – What are you willing to do differently this time around? What is your commitment? How will you beat the odds?
If you are one of the 5% who has kept the weight off – what has worked for you?