National Weight Control Registry reveals secrets to successful weight loss and maintenance

What really works for weight loss - and how do you keep off the pounds once you've reached your goal? There's a treasure chest of answers in the data provided by the National Weight Control Registry. Those winning losers whose success stories are listed in the registry have maintained an average weight loss of 70 pounds for six years. Now an expert is sharing what really works based on that data. And the answer might surprise you.

James O. Hill, PhD, the executive director of the Anschultz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, studied his own patients and those in the registry with colleague, Holly Wyatt, MD. Their findings are documented in the book "State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet" (click for details). Hill talked with Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN,, a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program, about his recommendations in a interview.

“Through my research, I have uncovered that weight loss maintenance is much different than losing weight, and it involves a different set of skills and habits,” revealed Hill to Blake.

He recommends exercising doing two sessions daily of 30 minutes or more. Or, alternatively, using a pedometer to walk 7,000 steps daily plus doing 30 minutes of activity.

Our tip: About that pedometer: They're not all great, and some can be so frustrating to program and figure out that they'll drive you straight to that carton of ice cream.  We've tried and recommend the Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer (click for more information).


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