Quality CareFind out why Mayo Clinic is the right place for your health care. Make an appointment.
Meet the StaffFind a directory of doctors and departments at all Mayo Clinic campuses. Visit now.
Research and Clinical TrialsSee how Mayo Clinic research and clinical trials advance the science of medicine and improve patient care. Explore now.
Visit Our SchoolsEducators at Mayo Clinic train tomorrow’s leaders to deliver compassionate, high-value, safe patient care. Choose a degree.
Professional ServicesExplore Mayo Clinic’s many resources and see jobs available for medical professionals. Get updates.
Give to Mayo ClinicHelp set a new world standard in care for people everywhere. Give now.
Mayo Clinic offers appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System locations.
Subscribe to Housecall
Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics.
Subscribe to our Controlling Your Diabetes e-newsletter to stay up to date on diabetes topics.
The National Weight Control Registry — the largest study of successful long-term weight loss — was established in 1994 by Rena Wing, Ph.D., from Brown Medical School, and James Hill, Ph.D., from the University of Colorado. Few individuals succeed at long-term weight loss, and this study was started to identify characteristics of individuals who have succeeded. The National Weight Control Registry is tracking over 10,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off.
National Weight Control Registry facts*
Keeping the weight off
There are a variety of ways registrants have kept the weight off. These include:
What does this information tell us? How does this information relate to you personally?
Myself, I don't necessarily need a special program to lose weight, and I need to increase my activity and get it up to an average of 1 hour a day, every day.
How and when to start? I signed up for a small group-exercise class at the fitness center starting this month.
With the end of summer and the start of a new school season, it's a good time to formulate a plan and start a new lifestyle or behavioral change goal. I have mine, what's yours going to be?
Have a good week.
*Note: The National Weight Control Registry is not a weight-loss treatment program and doesn't respond to requests for general information on weight loss and maintenance.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
Selecting "Submit" signifies that you have read and agree to our posting guidelines.
I'm a 73 yr. old male & have been getting the email news letters for about 2 wks.now and have learned a lot about my diabetes...I just wanted
to say to Peggy & Nancy...thanks,for your time &
effort,think the letters are great...ted
I have pcos, which is due to insulin resistance. I have been taking plexus slim and it has helped with my insulin resistance and I have finally been able to lose weight. I have lost over 23lbs in a month. It is diabetic friendly and all natural. If you are interested, check out my site Www.plexusslim.com/christalangham
Good information. have More stuff about <a href="http://weightloss-korner.blogspot.com/2013/09/best-weight-loss-program-effective-tips.html"> Effective Weight loss program tips </a> to share.
I have difficulty getting a good nights sleep. Result is less exercise, tired all the time..higher blood sugar levels. I do night like to take the sleep meds...they tend to be habit forming. only hitting of 4 cylinders today.
Gail: You have some good suggestions from fellow bloggers. Marie especially has great suggestions. Everyone has to find what works for them.
I found that eating what I want instead of what the wise ones say I should eat did the trick for me. Switching from one's usual diet to a totally new diet can be a disaster.
I did immediately cut out all desserts. No more cake, pie, ice cream or candy. I dropped ten pounds the first month. After that I simply ate what I wanted and am losing at a steady rate.
At first, I would have half a cookie but haven't had one now for four months. I'm satisfied because I know I can. No one tells me 'Thou shalt not". I am even guilty of sticking a fork straight down (keep it straight) into a jar of Nutella and cleaning off the fork. Such a small amount but it satisfies me and I move on.
I am thinking that satisfying one's personal cravings actually helps a person cut back on amounts. I am not denying myself. I am just saying "not quite so much". I am in control of "me".
Since April, I have gone from 148 to 125. Allowing that 10 pounds the first month, the rest has been about two pounds a month. Not bad? And, yes, I am eating my veggies - except broccoli. :-)
So what I need is tell me what to eat at breakfast/lunch/dinner/ an what kind of drinks like coffee or sodas list a menu or web page with a list.
I would love to walk but I can't. It's really frustrating when the advice is to walk more or longer. It's difficult to find exercises to do when I'm handicapped but no one ever addresses that. I have balance and falling problems when I do stand. I have 4 incurable diseases with one terminal so really difficult to do much. Just facts not complaints.
Sometimes I need more than a health reason to lose weight. That should be enough, but for me rarely is. So, for example, I might try to lose for a wedding I'll be attending in the future, or plan for a vacation that I want to lose for or get in shape for (to be able to walk around more easily and not worry so much about everything I put in my mouth!). It also helps if I have a secondary goal. For example, if my primary goal is to restrict my calories to a certain amount, I also have a goal of eating at least 6 fruits/veggies a day.I feel good about eating all that colorful, healthy food and as a side benefit, it's lower in calories and helps me meet my calorie goal. I don't know if that's helpful, but hopefully at least some part is.
I know how to lose weight but have no willpower to do what I need to do. The more I worry about my weight the more I eat. Any suggestions
Very interesting article but one feels the topic of motivating an obese person to lose weight isnt covered by most sites. I personally feel that an obese person can win the battle of the bulge if they are motivated enough.
There are so many programs on diet/weight loss that it can get overwhelming the kep is motivation atleast it was for me.
I'm sorry I'm not commenting on eating healthy. I knoew nothing about Blogging. I just wanted to say when my mothers blood sugar gets really high ER time high she gets really mean and aggressive. is this a combination of diabetes and dementia?
Eating healthy balanced meals and being more active has always been the key to weight control.
Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds from website advertising help support our mission. Mayo Clinic does not endorse non-Mayo products and services.
Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books and newsletters from Mayo Clinic.
A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.com," "EmbodyHealth," "Enhance your life," and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.