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Seven Habits of Successful Weight Loss

More physical activity, less inactivity and eating breakfast rank among the most common behavioral strategies adopted by a group of people who have successfully lost weight and maintained their weight loss, according to a new review of approximately 6,000 self-selected individuals who make up the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR).

lose-weightTop 3 of the Seven Habits of Successful Weight Loss Maintainer
1. High levels of physical activity
2. Limit television watching
3. Low-calorie, low-fat diet

Founded in 1994, NWCR asked adults to join who had maintained a weight loss of 30 pounds or more for at least one year. Members had all maintained their lower weight for an average of more than five years by the time they enrolled. Although almost all NWCR members (89 percent) reported combining both diet and physical activity to lose weight, one of the most common and prominent behaviors was the high amount of physical activity, says James O. Hill, PhD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition of the University of Colorado and one of the founders of the NWCR.

“What we find over and over is that physical activity is very, very important,” says Hill, who has also presented at the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) Annual Research Conference. “I suspect it’s maybe the strongest key.”

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