Wednesday, March 14, 2012

5 Important Habits Of People Who Have Lost Weight And Kept It Off For Over A Year

Are you having trouble losing weight and, more importantly, keeping your weight off? If this is you, then keep reading and learn the 5 important habits of people who have lost weight, and kept it off for over a year.

The National Weight Control Registry

The National Weight Control Registry was created by Rena Wing of the Brown Medical School and James O. Hill from the University of Colorado back in 1994. The NWCR has compiled beneficial information on the characteristics of people who have succeeded at long-term weight loss.

5 Habits of People Who Have Succeeded at Long-Term Weight Loss

  1. They have modified their food intake in some way to lose weight. Basically, they eat fewer calories. On average, they eat about 1400 calories each day.
  2. They increased their physical activity with walking being their favorite activity. On average, they exercise 1 hour a day.
  3. They eat breakfast everyday. Research has shown that a protein rich breakfast will help you snack less often.
  4. They weigh themselves at least once a week. Actually, research at the University of Minnesota determined that people who weighted themselves every day lost twice as much weight as people who weighted themselves less often.
  5. They watch less than 10 hours of TV each week. This helps them to stay more physically and socially active.
In addition, these successful weight losers limited their fast food intake, cut back on sugars and sweets, and ate more fruits and vegetables.

Additional Habits of Skinny People From Men's Health

Here are some additional habits of skinny from the Men's Health article "20 Habits Skinny People Live By":
  1. Eat an early dinner. Don't eat anything 3 hours before you go to bed.
  2. Eat low-sugar, high-protein snacks
  3. Drink a glass or two of water before each meal
  4. Choose whole grains for a filling meal of fiber
  5. Eat spicy foods to boost metabolism
  6. Get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep. A lack of sleep has been shown to increase appetite and cravings for high-calorie foods.
  7. Take stairs and walk further in the parking lot to help increase your physical activity.
  8. Chew more and eat slowly helps you ingest fewer calories.
  9. Walk after meals to lower blood sugar and prevent your body from storing fat.
  10. Eating protein helps you feel full, increase muscle mass and increases your metabolism. Eat more cold water fish and legumes.
These people have proven that it is possible to lose weight and keep it off to improve their overall health and fitness levels. It does take, however, healthy lifestyles changes and self-motivation to stick with those healthy lifestyle changes.


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