What Do “Successful Losers” Have In Common?

LIBERTY, February 14, 2013 - The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), established in 1994 at the University of Colorado, is the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance. NWCR tracks over 10,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time. Below is a summary of facts about people enrolled in the registry.

- The “average” woman is 45 years of age and currently weighs 145 pounds, while the “average” man is 49 years of age and currently weighs 190 pounds.
- Registry members have lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for 5.5. years.
- Weight losses have ranged from 30to 300 pounds.
- Duration of successful weight loss has ranged from 1 year to 66 years!
- Some have lost the weight rapidly, while others have lost weight very slowly - over as many as 14 years.
- 45% of registry participants lost the weight on their own, and the other 55% lost weight with the help of some type of program.
- 98% of registry participants report that they modified their food intake in some way to lose weight.
- 94% increased their physical activity, with the most frequently reported form of activity being walking.
- There is variety how NWCR members keep the weight off. Most report continuing to maintain a low-calorie, low-fat diet and doing high levels of activity.

~ 78% eat breakfast every day.
~ 75% weigh themselves at least once a week
~ 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
~ 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.

For more information on the “Step Up & Scale Down” program, please contact Grace Juneau or Alexis Cordova at the Liberty County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 936-334-3230.


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