How Do You Keep Pounds off After You Lose Them?

There are seven techniques of successful weight maintenance according to new research on 3,000 particpants in the National Weight Control Registry.

They include:
* Eating breakfast regularly.
* Walking about an hour a day.
* Tracking food intake, calories and fat grams.
* Limiting eating out and food variety, with little splurging.
* Watching fewer than 10 hours a week of TV.
* Weighing yourself at least weekly.
* Averaging about 1,800 calories a day, less than 30% from fat.

Investigators compiled these from questionaires completed by people who had been in the registry for at least 10 years.

As a person with about five years of successful weight maintenance under his belt, I find the list interesting. I cover at least three of them on my Page – How to lose weight – and keep it off.

Finally, I would like to add my own tip – adjust your thinking. Losing weight isn’t the end of the journey, it is the beginning. You are now on the road to health. Don’t blow it. Decide to get exercise regularly and continue to pay attention to how much you are eating. Weight loss is the beginning of wellness and fitness. Keep up the good work!

I am struck by the simplicity and obviousness of the techniques above. I can’t believe anyone would be surprised by any of them. Yet, 60 percent of us are overweight and 30 percent actually obese and another 10 percent suffers from Type 2 diabetes, a preventable and ruinous disease that stems from inactivity and poor nutrition. The problem is that we are eating badly and not exercising enough.

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