Magazine article Work & Family Life

Learning from Victors in the Weight-Loss Battle

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Learning from Victors in the Weight-Loss Battle

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A Healthy You

The National Weight Control Registry is an ongoing study of women and men who lost an average of 66 pounds and maintained their weight loss for five or more years. New York Times health columnist Jane Brody tells how they did it:

> About 55% enrolled in a formal program and 45% did it on their own. About 90% changed their eating and exercise habits. Just 10% relied on diet alone and fewer than 6% used medication or surgery.

> The most succssful strategy was to cut down on certain types of foods. Nearly half ate the same foods but less of it and about 43% counted calories. Health problems were a major motivator but, for many, the trigger was simply discontent-and a decision to just do it.

> Most had lost weight before but gained it back. The difference this time was that they were more realistic about their weight goals and felt greater resolve. They also became better monitors of their weight and kept within a 10-- pound range.

Nutritional therapy specialist Ronald L. …

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