I’m sure you heard it before: “Ninety-five percent of all dieters gain the weight back.” There is little evidence to back this up.
Many dieters can – and do – keep the weight off.
Recent research surveyed 1,310 people who had all lost a significant amount of weight. The survey was taken at a point that was one year after weight loss had already occurred.
Overall, 59 percent were still close to their weight of a year before — which in all cases was at least 10 percent lower than their heaviest all-time weight. Another 8 percent weighed less than they did a year earlier.
A third of the subject regained a “significant amount of weight”.
The National Weight Control Registry also looks at what successful weight maintainers (people who lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year) have in common. They have published their results in a number of articles.
The Keys to Maintaining Weight Loss
From the above research.
- Exercise – Those who continued on with exercise were much more likely to maintain their loss.
- Not Sedentary – Hours spent in front of the computer or TV were closely correlate with regain.
- Lost weight slowly – Regainers were more likely to be those who had lost large amounts of weight in short periods of time.
From the Weight Control Registry (via):
- They watch portion sizes.
- Four in five eat breakfast every day of the week.
- Most are physically active, with walking being their most common form of activity.
- They actually find pleasure in their healthier lifestyle.