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Diabetes and weight loss: Tips for success

By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N. and Peggy Moreland, R.N. September 26, 2013

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*

  • 80 percent of those in the registry are women and 20 percent are men.
  • The average woman registered is 45 years of age and currently weighs 145 pounds.
  • The average man is 49 years of age and currently weighs 190 pounds.
  • Some have lost weight rapidly, while others have lost weight very slowly.
  • 45 percent of registrants lost weight on their own; 55 percent had the help of a special program.
  • 98 percent of participants report they modified their diet to lose weight.
  • 94 percent of participants increased their physical activity, with the most common exercise being walking.

Keeping the weight off
There are a variety of ways registrants have kept the weight off. These include:

  • Continuing to consume fewer calories.
  • Eating a low-fat diet.
  • Including high levels of activity in their life.
  • 78 percent eat breakfast.
  • 75 percent weigh themselves at least once a week.
  • 62 percent watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
  • 90 percent exercise, on average, about 1 hour a day.

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.

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Sep. 26, 2013